Banksy's financed a refugee rescue boat


He therefore proposed to an activist to use it to buy a boat and travel around the Mediterranean to help migrants in difficulty.

The pink and white vessel, which is decorated with Banksy's signature artwork, has already rescued 89 people after leaving on a secret mission from the Spanish port of Borriana, near Valencia, on 18 August.

"The Bristol artist started the job if he emailed the former ruler of many NGO rescue ships, Pia Klemp", according to The Guardian. She was the first person Banksy, an admirer of her work, contacted to tell her about the project, after reading her story in the newspapers. Please let me know. "You sound like a badass", Banksy reportedly wrote.

Klemp is reported to have thought that it was a joke in the beginning.

'Banksy won't pretend that he knows better than us how to run a ship, and we won't pretend to be artists'.

Maltese and European authorities have been in prolonged tension with search and rescue operations.

Libya's coastguard has deliberately sabotaged rescue operations by volunteer rescue boats, and its members been accused of being involved in smuggling networks and torture.

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Formerly owned by French customs authorities, the Louise Michel sails under a German flag and is smaller but considerably faster than other NGO rescue vessels, with a top speed of 27 knots.

It'll be trying to siphoned off coastguards, who often accost refugees in transit and then reunite them into Libya. We onboard the Louise Michel believe we are all individuals, nationality should not make a difference to what rights one has and how we treat each other.

"The Louise Michel's mission statement is" to maintain marine law enforcement and rescue anybody in danger without bias".

According to United Nations data, 443 people have died or gone missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa so far in 2020.

Forty five people, including five children, died on Wednesday after their boat's engine blew up off the Libyan coast according to the UN.

The International Organization For Migration have said that more than 7,600 refugees from Libya have been intercepted just this year, and returned to the war-torn country they were fleeing from.

Over 40,000 have now arrived at Europe by sea through exactly the exact same period.