February 26, 2021

The Captain of See Watch 3 feels abandoned by the German Government

The captain of See Watch 3, Carola Rackete, who challenged the Italian authorities when she landed on the island of Lampedusa with 40 migrants on board, said she felt abandoned by the German Government and especially by the Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer.

"I felt that they left me alone, and of course there were people who wanted to help and cities that were willing to welcome our refugees, but that failed because the Interior Minister did not want to accept the offer from the cities," Rackete said in an interview published today. weekly "Der Spiegel".

"My impression was that nobody really wanted to help on a national or international level," he added.

Rackete believes that to deal with the migration crisis requires a system of solidarity distribution of people arriving in Europe.

"The Dublin system that discharges all responsibility in countries that have external borders of the European Union (EU) is not fair," he said.

Rackete maintains that she was forced to set off for Lampedusa because of the difficult situation on board and because there was no solution on the horizon.

"Many passengers needed to be treated by specialists, we had a case of suspected tuberculosis, which we could not even examine on board, others had to be treated with analgesics, without diagnosis, almost everyone needed psychological assistance and we did not have psychologists. on board, "he explained.

When the situation became intolerable and there was still no solution nearby, Rackete opted to head for Lampedusa, where she collided with a patrol that, according to her, had been located in the middle of the dock to prevent the See Watch 3 from landing.

"The one we crashed was an accident and not an attack on a warship as it came to be said," he said.

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