"Our vision is a world where every person in distress is saved and treated with dignity."
As a civilian sea rescue organisation, we strive for a world in which the human rights of all are respected. SOS HUMANITY stands for humanity at sea and on land. We are committed to ensuring that no person drowns while fleeing at sea and that everyone is treated with dignity.
Founded in 2015 in Berlin as SOS MEDITERRANEE Germany, we have been operating in the central Mediterranean since 2016, first with the rescue ship Aquarius, and, from mid-2019 until the end of 2021, with the Ocean Viking. We rescue people from distress at sea, protect and assist them on board our rescue ship and make their stories public. As part of the European network SOS MEDITERRANEE INTERNATIONAL, we were able to rescue, until the end of 2021, a total of 34,631 children, women and men from drowning and brought them to a place of safety.
As of January 1st 2022, we will continue our work as SOS Humanity – detached from the previous international network – and bring a new ship to the Mediterranean by mid-2022: With the particullarly fast “Humanity”, we want to save even more people. Additionally, we also seek to highlight the consequences of the EU’s inhumane migration policy.
Our rescue ship and our work are financed by donations from civil society. Our new name SOS Humanity is a compass, a reminder and a call at the same time: saving lives is a duty – also in the Mediterranean!