Migrant Offshore Aid Station-MOAS is a charity dedicated to to mitigate the suffering of people risking their lives to find safety. The charity has been established in 2014 and is registered in Malta, Germany, Italy and the USA.
MOAS was the first private organisation providing SAR to the refugees in the Mediterranen Sea.
Since September 2014 MOAS were able to rescue more than 40.000 persons from drowning in several operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.
MOAS resue ship, the 40 meter long M.Y. Phoenix is equipped with latest technology of sea faring and search and rescue, with two fast rescue boats and an onboard hospital. Its crew consists in 20 highly specialized and experienced expterts in navigation, search and rescue and medicine.
Actually MOAS Phoenix is in Cox Bazar, Bangladesch. From there, MOAS is delivering much-needed humanitarian assistance and aid to the Rohingya people and will work to provide a platform for transparency, advocacy and accountability in the region where a deadly exodus is unfolding on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The Rohingya are a minority Muslim population living in Rakhine State, Myanmar, who are denied citizenship, rendering them stateless and facing discrimination and poverty. There are currently an estimated 1.2 million Rohingya living in Myanmar, mostly in Northern Rakhine State. Following outbreaks of organised violence against the Rohingya in 2012 and 2016, more than 120,000 Rohingya people are living in squalid Internally Displaced Persons (IPD) camps in Central Rakhine State.
For decades, Rohingya people have sought sanctuary from conflict and persecution in nearby countries, with Bangladesh having received up to 500,000 refugees in one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world. As of late July 2017, over 33,000 registered Rohingya were living in two formal camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, with over 80,000 further refugees living in nearby makeshift camps. The conditions in the camps are poor, with the population facing endemic malnutrition, minimal hygiene facilities and high levels of physical and sexual abuse.
Further clashes in Rakhine State, Myanmar, in August 2017 and the resulting crackdown have led to at least 370,000 people fleeing across the border with Bangladesh, with thousands heading to the camps in Cox’s Bazar, where the already dire conditions are at breaking point.
MOAS actually is present in Cox Bazar with a team of 10 medical doctors, 3 nurses and several logistic engeneers providing most needed medical assistance and delivering monthly 40 tons of food and non food items. MOAS is building a medical station with 10 clinic beds close the the refugee camps.
In order to continue our work, we need your support. We need medical products, food - such as rice, lentls and oil, potable water and sanitary products. And of course we need loads of fuel for the Phoenix to transport aid products as for power generators for the aid station.
Thank you for your support!