Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea by providing professional search and rescue to people who are in distress.
MOAS was established in response to a humanitarian disaster in October 2013 in which some 400 men, women and children drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa, more typically an idyllic holiday destination, not a graveyard.
In the past two decades tens of thousands of men, women and children, mostly refugees escaping violence, persecution and hardship, have lost their lives at sea while searching for a better life.
The busiest crossings in the Mediterranean are the western, central and eastern routes as people flee from places as far off as Eritrea, Somalia and Syria. Many refugees in south-east Asia who are lured out to sea by promises of a better life end up trapped, kidnapped, abused and forced to buy their freedom from smugglers.
The MOAS team consists of international humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff and experienced maritime officers who have joined forces to help mitigate loss of life at sea.
We are passionate about the plight of those who are desperate enough to put themselves and their families in danger as they flee violence, persecution and oppression by setting off on the world’s most deadly maritime migration routes.
In our first two years we have already rescued nearly 12,000 people at sea, thanks to our dedicated crews, specialized search-and-rescue equipment and effective coordination with official maritime rescue centres.
MOAS operate in full compliance with national and international law in all our areas of operation. DONATE TO MOAS HERE
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