Saving Lives At Sea: The Millionaire Taking The Migrant Crisis Into His Own Hands
It has been described as the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. The UN Refugee Agency have reported that already in 2015 - over 300,000 refugees and migrants have fled oppression in Africa and the Middle East, taking the huge risk of attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to start a new life in Europe. The deadly journey has taken the lives of approximately 2,500 men, women and children.
While governments around the world flounder over taking action against this humanitarian crisis, there is a growing number of people inspired to do whatever they can to help.
Christopher Catrambone, a 33-year-old American multimillionaire and his Italian wife Regina have traded in their life of luxury to form MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), Europe’s first privately-funded operation to help rescue refugees and migrants on the Mediterranean.
Catrambone has been making his millions since to 2006 after founding the Tangiers Group managing medical, security and liability risks, often in conflict zones. His fortune can largely be attributed to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, therefore contributing to his feeling of obligation to dedicate a portion of his wealth to this particular humanitarian crisis.
Catrambone’s investment allowed MOAS to purchase a 165-foot US military training craft called the Phoenix, inflatable rafts and drones. The Phoenix reportedly hosts a crew of 17 including medical staff, humanitarians, maritime officers, security professionals and drone operators. To this date, MOAS has rescued over 10,000 men, women and children from danger on the Mediterranean.
European leaders will meet on September 14th at a summit to discuss the crisis. In the meantime, the work of MOAS and other volunteers becomes increasingly vital. To help support the work of MOAS, you can donate on the organization’s website here.
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