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Saxony's regional bishop Bilz christened the refugee ship of "Mission Lifeline"


DRESDEN. The regional bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, Tobias Bilz, has taken over the sponsorship of a ship of the refugee aid organization "Mission Lifeline". The chairman of Mission Lifeline, Axel Steiner, told the dpa news agency on Thursday that he would christen another ship from the Dresden association on Friday, thereby showing the Protestant Church's willingness to support.

A former torpedo fishing boat of the German Navy, which the association bought and converted, is said to be named Rise above. The christening of the ship will take place near Hamburg. In the coming weeks, the boat will be transferred to the Mediterranean Sea and used there to rescue shipwrecked migrants who want to go to Europe.

Italian prosecutor charges migrant organizations
The Dresden Association is one of several German organizations that take in migrants in the Mediterranean and bring them to Europe. They are accused of at least indirectly supporting the work of people smugglers. In 2019 a smuggler reported to Italian journalists that his group was in contact with "Sea-Watch", another German refugee aid organization.

According to this, tugs would also know the places where ships of such associations were waiting. If there were any problems, they would contact the aid organizations. The former Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini (Lega) had referred to the sea rescue associations as "deputy tugs".

In March, the public prosecutor in the Sicilian city of Trapani charged several migrant aid workers. Initially, the investigations initiated in 2017 concerned the German organization “Jugend Rettet” and their ship Iuventa , then “Save the Children” from Berlin and “Doctors Without Borders” were also targeted. Accordingly, 21 people are charged. They are suspected of not rescuing migrants but rather taking them on board their ships in cooperation with smugglers from Libya.

Source: Junge Freiheit

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