In a small peach-coloured house located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the Centre for Medico-Social Assistance provides patients with serious illnesses palliative care and the best possible chance to enjoy life.
“The only sentence they want to hear is, ‘You are safe,’ says Abdelfetah Mohamed, who works as post-rescue facilitator aboard the Ocean Viking, a ship with the sole mission of rescuing small boats of people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. To the rescued migrants, the words ‘You are safe’ means many things: first, they will not be sent back to Libya, where migrants often languish in prison under deplorable conditions. But it also means they will not be lost at sea, a fate that befalls many each year.
The Central Mediterranean is now the world’s deadliest migratory sea route, according to the International Organization for Migration, and recent years have seen a sharp increase in the number of people attempting the crossing. The Ocean Viking’s mission is to ensure anyone making that perilous journey reach a safe haven on land.