Since 2015 approximately 1.3 million people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, taking perilous journeys to flee conflict, hunger and persecution in the Middle East and Africa. Over 10,000 people have drowned in the attempt. It is estimated that 1 in 4 deaths at sea are women or children.
Save the Children’s search and rescue vessel, Vos Hestia, stationed in the Mediterranean between North Africa and Italy, is saving lives as migrants and refugees cross the sea, often on dangerously unseaworthy boats. While aboard the Vos Hestia, children and adults receive food and water, health care and child protection services. To see BBC reporting from the Vos Hestia visit the following link: BBC Special Report
Save the Children is also providing humanitarian relief and support to children and families in Greece and Italy and along the migration routes. We strive to reach children who are unaccompanied by adults, as they are in grave danger of exploitation and abuse.
Save the Children has run programs in Italy to aid migrants and refugees for the past 9 years. We are established on the southern border of Italy, including the Lampedusa, Sicily, Calabria and Apulia regions, and in transit cities such as Rome and Milan.