Wednesday August 15, 2018
accommodating a total of 141 people – 97 men and 44 women – from
Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt,
Eritrea, Somalia and Morocco, after they were rescued on Friday having
set off from Libya.
Most of 105 people onboard Aquarius originating from Eritrea and Somalia are suffering from chronic malnutrition. MSF providing high calorie vitamin fortified food that provides recommended protein requirements. People are well hydrated and medical team monitoring carefully. Photo: MSF/ Twitter
ROME – The NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
said on Tuesday that most of the 105 people on board the Aquarius
migrant vessel who came from Eritrea and Somalia were suffering from
The NGO, which manages the ship along with
SOS Méditerranée, said all of those on board were “well hydrated” and
being monitored by a medical team.
“MSF providing high calorie vitamin fortified food that provides recommended protein requirements,” the NGO tweeted.
vessel remained in limbo in the Mediterranean Sea, between Malta and
the Italian island of Lampedusa, as it waited for any European
government to give it permission to dock at a safe port.
Among the group were two pregnant women and 73 minors, including two children under 2 years old.
MSF was “particularly concerned” about 38 unaccompanied minors between the ages of 12-15.
“We cannot imagine what they endured in Libya and during harrowing journeys from their home countries,” the NGO said.
two NGOs that manage the Aquarius have called on European governments
to assign it to a safe port so the migrants can disembark.
similar scenario in June, Malta and Italy had both refused to grant
permission for the ship carrying 629 people to dock at any of their
ports. In the end, the Aquarius traveled to Spain’s eastern port city of
But the Spanish government has on this occasion said its ports are not the closest or safest.