José María Zubía Ciagarán, Mari or Aita Mari was a sailor and fisherman who became a hero due to the sea rescues he took part on. Throughout his life, he joined countless rescues. He deceased on the 9th of January 1866, after saving the life of some sailors, in an extraordinary storm that hit the Cantabrian sea.
For us it is clear: People always save the People.
Following the trail left by this sailor, PROEM-AID and SMH have united their strength, sharing a target: to work in the “death row” of the Mediterranean Sea.
Following the wake of this seafarer, PROEM-AID from Seville and SMH from Gipuzkoa have gathered together with the aim of working during this summer in the ” Mediterranean death corridor” off the Libyan coast. Last year 5,100 people lost their lives in this place and only this year, more than 1,300 deaths were reported in the first months. (*)
The policy established by the European Union through the resolutions of the European Council, is to only control the migrants flow. This is shown by an ACTIVE ATTITUDE of containment, by using the Mediterranean Sea as a natural barrier where the high mortality in its waters would mean a prevention for those who extend their hand asking for help to the other shore. This way, we condemn them to slavery, war, sexual violence, organ trafficking and finally, death.
In view of the growing lack of concern of the European authorities who are far from providing a dignified and effective solution to the current and growing crisis, the independent organizations are the only force, working on their own, to avoid the greatest genocide of this century.
We do not have the solution to conflicts, but we cannot remain blank to so much suffering and death of those who find no other alternative but to risk their lives in the sea, fleeing a certain death in their countries of origin.
We kindly ask you to come with us in this project of life since we need the help of those who believe, that a lack of future in your born place is not a reason to lose life.
We are volunteers, we do work by dedicating our time and money to a necessary human cause, and we definitely need the help of every single person who wants to help us to save lives.
We are going to report every detail concerning the project. We want everyone to be a part of it. So if you agree, we invite you to follow the project and to make a donation at:
- AitaMARI Project Facebook
- AitaMari Project/Twitter
- SALVAMENTO MARITIMO HUMANITARIO/Facebook
(*) The official figures do not include those who have disappeared in the sea. Only recovered bodies are counted. So it is easy to reckon that the estimated number of drowned people is at least twice as the official number.