14 hours to pickup zone

We are 14 hours from the rescue zone off the Libyan coast, where we understand that some 8,000 refugees have been plucked from their little boats in the last 2 days. How appalling is that. It is said that this huge increase corresponds with the end of Ramadan – refugees now being able to eat at sea during the day.

It is a lovely calm evening and everyone is trying to sleep. The crew tell me there won’t be much of that after tomorrow morning. I hear that one of my colleagues this week had to deal with an outbreak of varicella and a pre-eclamptic woman and a term delivery, the latter two of whom required lelicopter evacuation. So it goes!.


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