mediterranean sea rescue refugees

Europe - Next generation at sea
New routes of hope in the Mediterranean
Photos: Federico Sutera
With the arrival of the vessel Iuventa - belonging to the NGO "Jugend Rettet" - the humanitarian emergency in the Mediterranean sea changes its route. This ship represents a Europe quite different from the one gravitating around Bruxelles bureaucracy and banks' interests: it's the fresh, energetic face of Europe. young men and women born and raised in the dynamic Berlin, all aged between 20 and 40, with clear ideas, different work ethic and a bunch of life jackets ready at hand.
The NGO they work for is German, but the boat sports the flag of The Netherlands: no problem for them, as their goal is just to do their best to ensure safe operations when migrants from Africa leave those infamous boats filled with desperation. The ship Iuventa has been sailing since July 26th, 2016, but it started to navigate the web well before this date, funding its own project through a crowdfunding platform.
The project worked fine: 300,000 Euros were collected, and it took just two months in Venice, in the shipyard of the Faldis Group, to transform a ship - close to be demolished - into a state-of-the-art standby safety vessel. Today over the worn out helm there are computers and modern electronic tools, while old sailors stand side by side with tattooed, digital youngsters.
This is no more the Europe of Christopher Columbus or Vasco da Gama. It’s the one belonging to a new generation that wants to trace different routes on the map: the routes of the future society.
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