As of 4/4/2018, we are closing our emergency response service.
This decision has not been taken lightly. It has been reached following much deliberation, discussions and careful thought over a long period. To avoid any risks we are transferring our alarmphone to Watch the Med – an organisation we have worked alongside with since our beginning in 2015.
We are sharing this message as the safety of anyone crossing is crucial. For people still having to make the journey, we encourage you to please contact Watch the Med directly on their alarmphone; +334 86 51 71 61.
We are fully confident that Watch the Med, the rescue teams on sea and the various ground teams, will continue the work in the same amazing way as always.
Since we started working, we know that we have assisted over 50,000 people on the journey from Turkey to Greece – but in all honesty, we actually lost count a long time ago since we worked for months before starting to log everything properly. We started as a Facebook group and eventually grew into an NGO. Over time we developed new and different methods during the crisis. We set ourselves the task of training hundreds of people over the years – which our team achieved with dedication. The work was very tiring, stressful and phone bills were out of this world, but we managed to save countless of lives – making it all worth it.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone. Our rescue workers would stay up 24 hours and even 48hours at times to check every case and make sure that every person was safe. We wouldn’t rest until we had full confirmation that everyone was alive on solid ground and met by the ground teams. Our volunteers put their own lives on hold to do the job; save as many people as possible at all times. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who contacted us. We want you to know that it was an honour to stand with you, on your journey, in the camps, while reaching safety – together we showed the world what unity is really about.
Thank you to all our supporters, our teams, our committee members and our generous donors.
As we now move on, we are reflecting on the experiences and lessons from our work. Now we find ourselves looking towards the future.
Should we be needed – we will no doubt respond again.
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United Rescue Aid are helping people in distress and are getting all important information out to the people who need it, the refugees fleeing across the world seeking shelters and safety.
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Warnings and misinformation in Turkey (provided by IOM)
United Rescue Aid is working at the forefront of what is fast establishing itself as the worst humanitarian crisis of our times. Here are the facts about the situation:
• In 2015, more than 1 million refugees arrived in Europe by sea
• So far in 2016, that number has reached almost 200,000
• Over 50% of refugees arriving in 2016 have been women and children
• 79% of arrivals come from the world’s top 10 refugee-producing countries
• Over 40% of arrivals come from Syria, with 21% coming from Afghanistan and 13% from Iraq
• 1,300 refugees making the crossing into Europe have been declared dead or missing so far in 2016
• With the European Union struggling to come up with a cohesive strategy to cope with the crisis, many nations along popular migration routes have closed their borders.
• After the EU-Turkey deal came into effect in March 2016, refugees have begun attempting to cross into Europe by the far more dangerous Italian route
• So far in 2016 there has been an 85% increase in refugees seeking to reach Italy across the Mediterranean via Libya. An estimated one in every 92 people will not survive the crossing
Source: The UN Refugee Agency, International Organization for Migration