tv Doc Film - Aquarius - Rescue in Deadly Waters Deutsche Welle June 17, 2018 5:15pm-6:00pm CEST
the italian island of lampedusa south of sicily. a legendary destination for migrants. a corner of europe within reach of africa. the most recent shipwreck still lies on the seabed. tens of thousands of men and women and children have drowned while attempting to reach europe our very own mediterranean has become one great regard. how many over there are waiting to cross the mediterranean. so far there have been more than a million. why do they do it and why do we do nothing. on
a producer i wait for the aquarius vessel chartered by the european humanitarian organization s.o.s. meditative any. this isn't a ship like others it's more an idea borne of a discussion between a german merchant navy captain and a french humanitarian people are drowning in the mediterranean they said they must be saved to do that we need a boat europe's doing nothing let's do it ourselves. with winter drawing to a close migrants are getting ready for the arduous crossing the aquarius is heading out on its first mission joining its crew of volunteers doctors and sailors i bored to experience their next adventure and to tell the tale. it to dijon.
i was a young officer. i was on a ship to fight a big one two hundred metres long very modern. table people that was the time of the boat people. and we knew there were boat people in the sea like here. so have our jersey i didn't see any at the time but we knew they were there. other ships were taking part in rescuing them but we didn't affect. us and that was the policy of the company and the company we avoided those routes i thought id never again me so and that's why i'm here now because for you see when. you. know what limbaugh is. limbaugh is not exactly the hell. it is. one step before the hell.
actually i know most of you have a lot of knowledge about the people in libya well no waiting. was a german word to make it simple it's something like a concentration camp for those people and it's slavery. and we are here twenty miles away from them on the sea which is too rough that they can't possibly cross it's too dangerous. what bothers me and what makes my nights and maybe your nights also like that. is the fact that we are here on the sea which actually is a border. it is not a fence it has no dog's attention so. there's no order to shoot people.
but it's killing anyway. people don't like to realize the truth. and nobody really speaks about it and here on the aquarius we can experience it in our own feelings. and water fire air he's elementz they will be always there they're not human but we are you and it's up to us to humanize the sea and the message which we could possibly have from this ship. could be that we wish the european people to understand that mediterranean sea shell be a human place for human beings with human rights respect dignity protection. and connection. and not a killing sea. thank you. the
african coast just off libya a country in turmoil since the ousting of the dictator moammar gadhafi. is the most militant some people smugglers exploit the political instability from here the crew of the aquarius scars the horizon for vessels in distress and from here it embarks to save the shipwreck and put them on safer ground. it's. sick.
well of all. the. was. a shipment so these are only energy xix and antibiotics use nice handwriting like mine field in philosophy which deontological it's is it i heard about the ship last year i went to those in charge and said if the ship sails be on actually. civil it's true that we have a look at the mediterranean the same way again as you. see suspense and i mean it what's happening in the mediterranean where the boats full of people who are terrified frozen in danger of dying you could fall in the water
at any moment you don't even know how to swim. it's another world we watch the sea at night and looks beautiful we see magnificent sunsets the stars are splendid yet at the same time we know that there are flimsy little boats out there on the water but people who are going to die it's terrible city here and their reaction has these two contrasting sides to it. we get on the ship full of enthusiasm ok let's go then we return each time saying it's terrible also we're glad we're doing something but it's terrible sure's was going to leave. my. i'm.
the video says. at first i wondered why am i angry when i had the strong feeling of anger which is rare for me. who are what was angry with. it was because well i see it every time in france when i say i'm going to help out in cali you are on this ship. some people don't react in a nice way so. even among my family and friends or more generally throughout europe there are some people who close their eyes. the fact that they close their eyes and hearts to such distress makes me angry. ok they don't agree with that but they're not interested enough to find out what's really happening it doesn't seem to bother them that people are dying at sea i think that's what makes me angry .
the first boat here it is. if i remember right there were fifty four people on board. i was twenty years old and it was like the big humanitarian action of my life they were refugees we were in indochina and they were vietnamese but it would have been the same for cambodians so and today it be the same for. always refugees . it's a shock the first time you see both people. you see both people first and then you see men women and children. yes and i'll be marked for life by that first experience the powers that on the ice panels. maybe police in the film my main goal is to take simple pictures which all people can see
you know especially those who don't agree with us doing this kind of work for us to try to convince them you boys in the. not or at least to make them aware that people are dying at sea school but i don't want is for them to become invisible i want to show that they exist that's it show that they exist. well i. will shoot for a think. that you are telling me. that. you can give me the position. you want. to.
make. it. ok cokie so if a little stuff has good relations. how can you prove it or know. that you minutes ago oh you. said you minutes. these don't from this one following us they came to a set a right angle swam to the front of the ship. instant they're a long one. and when the lookout signaled the migrant boat on the horizon they vanished as suddenly as they'd appeared those don't phones weren't following us they were guiding us.
they are. always going to. show. that. they are all good for the budget because if i can't say it's good that isn't right seafood it's not good you know it's not safe it's not good that those people are in such danger because. they're in shock traumatized. that's not good idea. just. a little. bit of. life. was a little we're going to jump. out.
amid the resting men i meet ses when he was pulled aboard the aquarius he was shivering he was wearing a t. shirt that said i don't like mondays i looked at my watch it was six forty am on a monday. getting so was i when i left guinea bissau i was seventeen or eighteen he said don't you think quick why did you leave guinea-bissau. mancha need to see my dad had died i didn't really know him. my mother is still there. i have lots of little brothers for sex and i saw we didn't have enough money to feed them to us that bothered me. so i decided to leave and make something of my life so i want to see if i succeeded my family will be rich if i don't i won't return. to
cuba and when did you leave guinea-bissau seven years ago now set off seven years seven years. said seven hours it's a long journey still it's a long journey to this seven years ago i left guinea bissau. to go to senegal. i was in senegal for six or seven months. since i go after senegal. martain year. after mauritania i then went to mali. in mali i earned a bit of money and i went back to mauritania. then to morocco. morocco was uneasy so i went back to mauritania. and then i went back again to mali. mali algeria geria morocco morocco algeria. morocco morocco
algeria algeria libya libya tunisia. after that i went back to algeria and then back again to tunisia and then back again to libya and now here seven years in all and three years since i last called my family. she didn't know but you know they tell you there's the boat in the water i don't know the water so it was my first time in the water a few flights you force yourself if you go under it's over you drown and it's over the ice if you think you've got to go too far away yes it's far away and you have to swim out to it. just for yourself because there are lots of people who grab you like this they grab hold of you to pull you want board. the boat because with lots of people die trying to get on the boat it's
a war try to get on the boat. to drink and so war a war. it was all about in the one with. but then out of accountable that would. be the. biggest when he saw the ship he forgot all the bad things from before he was born again today always good to be a teacher got everything for now appears like it was born again today. yes born again today he's a new born baby him never forget today. it's my first day of the first day of your life this. could be our new welcome to the world but if you can sign up you. it.
of needles is that you're seeing is just an. all things. now had not a single woman has said anything about what she's been through. the man who will talk about the hell of libya. there was even one who said when i asked him why he wanted to see me what the problem was he said i'm all right some. but do you have some specific problem is that why you want to see a doctor yes what's this problem with libya that he that he be. that. libyans don't like black people they don't like us they don't want us whenever you go out you have problems if
a libyan comes up to you if you look at him he says what are you looking at you're just hungry you need food if you don't have any money they put you in prison. they called your relatives to get them to send you some money if they don't send you any they'll beat you to death. so. let's. just want to go. get my last two of my brothers. the security question i hate. to be the most libyans found me and fired at me. from doing so many people you could get shot in the foot and you could die says no one would help you. if you get shot and you go to the hospital that ask you where does this bullet come from. the guy who did this even the doctor might kill you. there aren't any law was.
just dozens of songs i love yon day one year ago today. it was the time that we had those attacks in the north of cameroon by the boko haram sect. that pushes a queue the first thing that makes it hard to travel through libya is being a christian. that's the first thing being a christian the second thing is being black.
or more like yeah during the war in libya the parents bought weapons and gave them to their children to school when the children asked how they could practice shooting they said well there are blacks everywhere. he wondered stand. don't is awful so far so the children learn how to shoot by shooting at blacks see if they learn how to torture by practicing on blacks they use some black people who don't have any other means of surviving who have lost their faith to torture their brothers for pool to live. in. the house and there are libyans who join in the torture with those blacks carrying out the torture actually they use those blacks to help them to communicate to try to get money out of our relatives. go back. to you you pay up or you die that's what they say is they hate you every day as they hit us they smash your
feet they hurt your head they hit you again and again on the head until you pass out and they tell you is that if you don't pay up you'll die the bread they give you you have to pay for the bread but you don't have any my. so you see this they say it's better if you die would you see this in originals. somebody did not to mention our women from a rape right before our eyes without even abducting them. just a few meters away just get a few meters away while they threaten you with a knife held in your face stuff. there might be five or six of them raping your wife right next to you but. could you do is not only do they rape women but they rape men too. they leave you to bleed out. they beat you to death they spit on them your rights are totally clouded. was it tough we dish up awful lot you feel like it's society another world to call. as if you're no longer in
this world no longer in this world in which we live but in a world of beasts in a world that has lost all sense of selves its intent. to seize i mean its sense of fraternity all the feeling of being a human being and all that and you also think that human beings have lost all their faculty for reason. to see that they're living by instinct. like an animal since you're welcome and i mean but. you need meat so along these refugees there could be some who tortured other people it's quite likely yes quite likely so that . that. that.
of lampedusa the sea. and the bull was to be stepped over. this morning the waves woke us the wind was back keeping us out of the port. we needed to find a calm spot to transfer our survivors to the waiting coastguard launchers. the migrants who've been through so much are nevertheless surprised to see the italian crew in their white overalls plastic gloves and masks. the martians have come to help the black people. a few orders in sealion and the transfer begins. twice we change our anchoring
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half. the time playing. the survivors have finally reached their goal europe. what they don't yet know is how long and hard the rest of the journey will be. already behind them on libyan beaches more desperate people are taking to the sea. for the aquarius there's always another rescue. to feed but this one is different from the others the dinghy is split into and it's sinking. the
at all the experience of saving people from drowning in. one that you just can't imagine before you've been through it because it's on the mansion so you return as a different person than you were before and we have met people in a situation that we could never before have imagined possible for any cause. and that encounter has transformed us. itself we have understood that we europeans have a duty to intervene. for me the aquarius and the other rescue ships operating out here are beacons of hope in a sea of distress and horror and mia should all come to some substance. for fifty fifty
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