That’s why in 2013 I received my first SOS
Since then, I have been receiving calls for help every day from people that are in danger
During a typical call, the most important thing that I try to do is to calm down the people on the boat in order to avoid a panic situation – which would be extremely dangerous. Right after, I explain to them how to determine their position through the GPS and I forward the coordinates to the Coast Guard. Then, the waiting starts: I try to keep in contact with them until a boat arrives to rescue the migrants. My work is not limited to the management of the SOS calls coming from the sea, but it also involves the assistance given to migrants that are moved to different ports of South Italy, after having been rescued from a death that took many of their friends and relatives. These people are escaping from theatres of war and violence, and along the way they are deprived of everything; when they finally make it to Europe – be it through Italy or Greece – they either don’t have any money, or they only have a small amount that is spent in a short time. They need everything: food, new clothes, often healthcare.
Sometimes I am contacted by people living in war zones that cannot buy some specific drugs and therefore need someone that may provide them with such medicines.
That’s why I need you: I would like to keep on answering all the SOS calls that I receive from migrants, in an autonomous manner. I need funds to charge some credit on their satellite phones when it is going to finish, to move to the other cities where migrants land, to give assistance, to buy food and clothes for these people that must continue their journey and powdered milk for their children; to intervene when a migrant is being pushed back to an unsafe State through a lawyer or a cultural mediator, to grant a train ticket to someone who has been robbed.