Six EU states agree to take in Ocean Viking migrants

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Published on August 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

Six EU states agree to take in Ocean Viking migrants

The European Union's top migration official said on Friday six countries in the bloc would take in migrants from the Ocean Viking rescue vessel.

Lauren Anthony reports.


Six EU states agree to take in Ocean Viking migrants

The Ocean Viking rescue ship carrying 356 migrants has been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea for 14 days.

Now, the European Union say six countries in the bloc would take the group in.

Bringing an end to the tense environment on board.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SEARCH AND RESCUE CO-ORDINATOR, MAX DAVIS, SAYING: (VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE FROM MARSEILLE, FRANCE): "Most people on that ship had been in arbitrary detention, have been tortured, have been raped if they are female, that is just the standard of the demographics we get." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SEARCH AND RESCUE CO-ORDINATOR, MAX DAVIS, SAYING: (VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE FROM MARSEILLE, FRANCE): "Doing four rescues in four days is no joke.

This is an immense amount of people and very stressful and then to be stuck onboard with no end or hope in sight is again just adding to that stress and tension." The ship is mostly carrying African migrants from Sudan.

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