tv Doc Film - Aquarius - Rescue in Deadly Waters Deutsche Welle June 25, 2018 11:15am-12:01pm CEST
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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 sea bed. tens of thousands of men women and children have drowned while attempting to reach europe. our very own mediterranean has become one great graveyard. 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. to do that 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 aboard
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 pop 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. about two 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 we seem in the.
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 but they can 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's not
a fence it has no dogs it has some soldiers. 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 the mediterranean sea shell be a human place for human beings with human rights respect dignity protection.
and connection. and not the killing sea. thank you. the african coast just off libya a country in turmoil since the ousting of dictator moammar gadhafi. islam is a religion 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. so. it's.
yeah all. the. me as. a shipment so these are only energy six and antibiotics use nice handwriting like mine field in philosophy. deontological it says it i heard about the ship last year i went to those in charge and said if the ship sails out leon actually. it's true that means i'll have a look at the mediterranean the same way again as you. see
suspense so let me tell you what's happening in the mediterranean with 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 a splendid good 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 we're glad we're doing something but it's terrible shoes which are going to leave. my. i'm.
the difference is that at first i wondered why am i angry i had this strong feeling of anger which is rare for me. who are what was angry with fix it 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 it seems i think that's what makes me
angry. ok about the well the first book 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 if and today it be the same for. there are 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. well this is and i'll be marked for life by that first experience. as it were me i'd done also. maybe
police here so my main goal is to take simple pictures which all people can see yeah especially those who don't agree with us doing this kind of work for us to try to convince them boise to quang. 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. if. you will shoot her a feedback rating. that you are going. to say. why place your shit.
in a community physician. why. did you. pay . for geek opiates so i mean the stuff that has good relations. to face how can you cook it or know. that your minutes to go low. tech two minutes. these don't fit it's one following us they can do is set a right angle swam to the front of the ship and stayed there a long while. and when the lookout signaled the migrant boat on the horizon they vanished as suddenly as
tough enough. that. they aren't. always going to do their. job. but. they're all good. idea because if i can't say it's good that isn't right seafood it's not good no it's not. 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.
amid the resting men i meet a cs 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. gig 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 you need to see my dad had died i didn't really know him. and my mother is still there. but 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 was if i succeed my family will be rich if i don't i won't return. to come in when did you leave guinea-bissau so for seven years ago now set off seven years just seven years. said seven hours that's a long journey still it's a long journey when it's up to seven years ago i left guinea bissau. to go to senegal. i was in senegal for six or seven months. sanogo sattler senegal. mauritania and after mauritania i then went to mali. in mali i earned a bit of money and i went back to mauritania after model then to morocco. morocco wasn't easy so i went back to mauritania. and then i went back again to
mali. mali algeria algeria 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. heat 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 floats you force yourself if you go under it's over you drown and it's over why it's if you think you've got to go too far away yes it's far away and you have to swim out to it. because there are lots of people who grab you like this
they grab hold of you to pull you want board. a boat with a bus with lots of people die trying to get on the boat it's a war try to get on a boat. to drink and so war a war. that we were before but in the long run but they're not what i'm going to be. when he saw the ship he forgot all the bad things from before he was born again today. yeah 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 on the first day of your life. again you welcome you to the world.
a man who was britain's you. he didn't. in the front means. you do not. only the feeling. of needles your shoes just. all teams. now had not a single woman has said anything about what she's been through. the men who talked about the hell of libya. yeah 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. but do you have some specific problem is that why he wanted to see a doctor yes what's this problem never see that he be. made.
that. libyans don't like black people they don't like us they don't want us so 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 could you in prison. they call your relatives to get them to send you some money if they don't send you any they'll beat you to death. so. you know it's ok and i. want to go. get a i lost two of my brothers. this is as you cash i hid until the end was that the 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 and tell ask you where does this bullet come from
a christian. that's the first thing being a christian the second thing is being black. 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. you understand. the only force who fall so the children learn how to shoot by shooting at blacks so 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. in. the house and there are libyans who join in the torture with those blacks carrying out the torture. they use those blacks to help them to communicate to try to get money out of our relatives do something.
to you you pay up or you die that's what they say is they hit 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 that if you don't pay up you will die the bread they give you you have to pay for the bread but you don't have any money so you see us they say it's better if you die just listen originals. somebody did not to mention our women whom they raped right before our eyes without even abducting them. just a few meters away just a few meters away while they threatened you with a knife held in your face. there might be five or six of them raping your wife right next to you was. going to 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. is it tough we discovered why you feel like it's ceasar another world to call the cops 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 to tend. to says i mean it sense a fraternity all the feeling of being a human being and all that. you also think that human beings have lost all their faculty for reason. to see that their living by instinct is. like an animal that's in the world come and i do not. believe so along these refugees there could be some who tortured other people it's quite likely yes quite likely that.
swell as they shuffle around like ghosts. before them is the island 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 porch. we needed to find a calm spot to transfer our survivors to the waiting coastguard launches. the migrants who fin 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 blanket people. a few orders and cecelia and the transfer
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. it. would have. done them a little bit actually had to follow. that allow. players to. move. 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. feat but this one is different from the others the dinghy is split into and it's
the book. but on this day the aquarius saves one hundred eight might. be a song is as. the experience of saving people from drowning is one that you just can't imagine before you've been through it because it's on the mention so you return as a different person than you were before but we have met people in a situation that we could never before have imagined possible for me for. and that encounter has transformed us. as 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. should all come to some substance.
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