An invisible shipwreck?
In the night between the 8th and the 9th of February, about 91 people leave from the port of Garabulli in Libya on boat. They leave hoping that the winds will lead them to a better life but, after a few hours, that hope disappears.
The migrants on the boat contact Alarm Phone that immediately tries to alert the authorities for rescue.
At 04.09 CET we reported the distress case to the Libyan Coast Guard and to the Aita Mari rescue vessel; at 4.24h CET we forwarded the information to the Maltese and Italian authorities as well.
We lost contact to the boat at 05.35h CET, and at the time the people were panicking, saying that their engine was not working, that water was entering the boat and that there were people in the water.
In the morning of the 10th of February, Malta’s authorities declared to have found a sunk ship in a location that is near the one pointed out by Alarm Phone. However, several questions remain unanswered and we want clarifications from the Libyan Coast Guard.
Alarm Phone is a group created in 2014 by activists and civil society actors in Europe and North Africa. Their activity is incredible as they manage to amplify the migrants’ SOS through a self-made emergency number. They help when the migrants are in the middle of the Mediterranean as well as when they are brought back to Libya.
Alarm Phone is hope. It is a voice for the voiceless. A megaphone to amplify the voice of those who are already invisible.
Why helping Alarm Phone?
If a relative or a friend of yours were to leave and you had no news about them, would you want to know what happened to them?
This is the situation of the relatives and friends of those 91 people who left on the 9th of February. Alarm Phone wants to know what happened, you want to know what happened.
Please, read here and share Alarm Phone’s appeal to bring truth and justice to this shipwreck. A shipwreck that someone wants to make invisible.