MOAS, Mediterranean Sea and Bangladesh

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) aims to mitigate the suffering of people forced to risk their lives to reach safety.

In April 2017, MOAS established a Central Mediterranean Search and Rescue (SAR) operation on the migration route from Libya to Europe, which had witnessed an increased number of mass drowning incidents. Its flagship vessel, the Phoenix, patrolled the SAR zone with the support of a manned aerial asset to rescue migrants attempting the deadly sea crossing.

In September 2017, owing to the increasingly complicated political situation in the Central Mediterranean, MOAS moved its operations to Bangladesh, delivering 40 tons of aid to the Bangladeshi government for the Rohingya people and setting up aid stations in Unchiprang and Shamlapur, both of them equipped to treat up to 300 people per day.

A donation from the Trafigura Foundation helped to maintain the supply of medicines and equipment to these two aid stations, which provided much needed medical care for the Rohingya people escaping persecution in Myanmar.

(photo credit: ©Mathieu Willcocks/ 2016)

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