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The basic inner conviction and practice that we convey with SARAH is universal: Search And Rescue for All Humans.
The dramatic developments on the flight routes to the Canary Islands - starting in Morocco, West Africa and Senegal - make it absolutely necessary for us to become active.
For this reason, we have decided to deviate from our original plan and go on our first mission as an observation mission around the Canary Islands.
Making Europe into a fortress does not mean that people will no longer flee. Rather, the routes that people have to take in their desperation and in their search for a better, safer life for themselves and their loved ones are becoming increasingly dangerous and deadly. Although over 16,000 people have arrived on the islands, the dangerous Atlantic crossing also cost at least 600 people their lives.
On the Canary Islands, the politically responsible structures are completely overwhelmed with the dignified accommodation of people who have arrived. The pier in Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, threatens to become a new moria. We urgently need to consider this new flight route!
Sea rescue is a humanitarian duty for us. The aim of our mission is to document the number of arriving boats over a period of 14 days. We want to know the condition of the people and the boats. Furthermore, the mission serves to get to know our potential new area of operation.
SARAH, our intended vessel, is fast and has a long range. This allows us to plan our missions flexibly and to shift our operational area quickly. We therefore see ourselves in a position to operate with SARAH both in the central Mediterranean and on the coast of West Africa.
SARAH is short for "Search and Rescue for All Humans".
We are firmly convinced that no person in need should be left alone and that no one should be killed while fleeing.
We want to save human lives in the Mediterranean. The escape route across the Mediterranean is one of the deadliest and most dangerous ways to reach Europe. At this - our - European external border thousands of people have lost their lives in recent years.
Since the discontinuation of state-coordinated sea rescue operations in 2016, it is mainly civil sea rescue organizations that rescue people fleeing from drowning and document human rights violations in the Mediterranean.
Despite their efforts, people continue to die trying to cross the Mediterranean.
Meanwhile, the European Union continues to isolate itself and assumes neither political nor humanitarian responsibility, but relies on military armament and cooperation with civil war militias from Libya.
We got together and founded SARAH because everyone of us knows:
No one should drown while fleeing across the Mediterranean. Every life counts.
In explicit compliance with the Geneva Refugee Convention Art. 33 para. 1, no one shall be returned to a country where the life or health of the refugee is threatened. That means we are strictly against a return to Libya.
We will be equipped with a newly built, fast and powerful Schiff save people from distress in the Mediterranean Sea. Our team has been active in both sea rescue and civil society initiatives since 2016. The experience we've gained and the unconditional humanitarian commitment flows into SARAH.
We warmly invite you to inform yourself on our site about our commitment and to support us actively.
Wir erachten es als selbstverständlich, dass kein Mensch bei der Flucht über das Mittelmeer ertrinken und nicht durch illegale push-backs von der sogenannten libyschen Küstenwache in das Bürgerkriegsland Libyen zurückgebracht werden darf. Mit dieser tiefen Grundüberzeugung stehen wir mit geltendem, internationalem Recht in Einklang. Das Seerechtsübereinkommen der Vereinten Nationen verpflichtet zur Rettung von in Seenot geratenen Personen und kein Mensch darf nach der Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention in ein Land gebracht werden, in dem die Gesundheit oder das Leben der Person gefährdet ist.
Die Würde eines jeden Menschen ist unantastbar und Seenotrettung ist Pflicht!
Solange die Mitgliedsstaaten der EU ihren politischen Kurs der Abschreckung und Abschottung weiter verfolgen, muss die Zivilgesellschaft die Rechte und die Würde geflüchteter Menschen schützen und damit die grundlegenden Werte der Humanität und Solidarität verteidigen.
Wir haben eine Vision und sind damit Teil der zivilgesellschaftlichen und solidarischen Antwort.
Unsere Vision hat einen Namen: SARAH.
SARAH wird als neu gebautes, schnelles und reichweitenstarkes Schiff die Anzahl der zivilen Seenotrettungsschiffe nicht nur vergrößern, sondern die Einsatzstärke erhöhen.
Um unsere Vision von SARAH Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen, sind wir auf deine Spende angewiesen!
Nähere Informationen und unsere Verpflichtung zu Transparenz gegenüber unseren Spender:innen findest du in unserem Agreement.
Auf diesem Holzboot sind ca. 45 Personen. Mit SARAH können wir sie mühelos abbergen und zu einem sicheren Hafen bringen.
Names & Faces
born in 1966, technical background, graduate engineer
Since 2016 until today, I have been on seven missions in the Mediterranean Sea as skipper or "Head of Mission" for Sea-Eye e.V. and Mission Lifeline e.V.. On these missions, I have rescued around 3,000 people from distress at sea together with the crews, which also included Olaf, Markus, Cora and Felix.
Fundraising, deputy Managing Director
born in 1963, acad. educ. DSc
I have been active in private sea rescue since the beginning of 2016. In a total of 4 missions (SEA-EYE, Lifeboat, RESQSHIP), I have rescued more than 600 people from distress at sea with my respective team. I was part of the RHIB crew and co-skipper. After we are operational, I will take over the crew management and be part of the operational command.
I have only been with SARAH for a short time. I support our team as an IT representative and am therefore mainly active in our social media area. I don't have any SAR experience yet, but I mainly campaigned for the issue of sea rescue in my function as a local politician.
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