Today’s was a short slow walk around Milton Abbey school grounds, up into the woods of Green Hill and back home again. The woods were covered in wild garlic and I read the other day that the leaves tasted rather good, so I tasted them. Nice.
I walked slowly today because I wanted to see if there was any way in which I could help the situation in the Mediterranean, the increasing wave of people attempting to escape war, violence, poverty and torture by boat. It’s all over the news-again.
The European Union have cut back on their funding for their previous search and rescue operations and basically the route from Libya, North, is being monitored as best as it possibly can be by the Italian Navy and Coastguard. Rescue help, across the board, is now minimal.
This blog post is going to be a lot less than five hundred words.
Last year MOAS, a Maltese based self funded Search and Rescue operation managed to rescue 3,000 ‘Migrants’ in sixty days. This year they are teaming up with Medecins Sans Frontieres to act as a search and rescue operation between the months of May and October.
Seems to me that if they can receive more funding then perhaps their operation can get bigger and better and in turn hopefully save more lives.
I’ll put my walking to good use and will walk around Dorchester, Dorset, UK on Saturday with a placard saying:
“MOAS are helping save lives in the Mediterranean. Would you consider supporting them please. Thank you”.
Sometimes we cannot help situations but surely funding those that are already helping, could help. I think it is worth trying.
(If the video doesn’t show here please cut and paste http://www.vimeo.com/120712118 to see MOAS’s work. Thank you).