Two years ago today, we were patrolling in the Central Mediterranean, the deadliest border of the world. We didn't know it yet, but we were spied on by an undercover cop. Now we risk 20 years in prison. This is what really happened on 18 June 2017:
Handover on the bridge of the #IUVENTA, the new night watch takes over. Captain Dariush is still fast asleep, getting some rest before this first day of the mission. Today, some things will happen that will affect him for years to come.
In the distance, the crew of VOS Hestia secures and disembarks Boat (C). Everything happens in a calm way, safely and according to plan.
Among them are a few children and one small baby. The medic crew checks the condition of the new guests on board and hands out water bottles.
"Destroying empty boats or saving people? That's an easy decision."
#IUVENTA immediately sets course towards it's crew members aiding rubber boat (D).
He did so according to best practice and standard procedure, although it is NOT legally required as part of the rescue mission.
Almost six weeks later, the IUVENTA got seized by Italian authorities. This is when we understood that the police had already spied on us for months. Little were we to know that the seizure was only the beginning of a strategic repression...
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Idea: Captain Dariush Beigui
Concept: Theresa Leisgang, Jonathan Weinspach
Research: Sascha Girke, Julian Köberer, Jonathan Weinspach
Editing: Chris Grodotzki, Alina Krobok, Theresa Leisgang
Photos: Archive, Paul Wagner, Ruben Neugebauer
Graphic Design: Olaf Boqwist