The Italian rapper of Tunisian origin, known as Ghali, has launched a fundraiser for the Mare Jonio ship operated by Mediterranea Saving Humans.
Italian rapper Ghali has often addressed the issue of migrant rescues at sea. On Tuesday, July 19, he launched a fundraiser for new rescue boats to donate to the Mare Jonio ship operated by Mediterranea Saving Humans.
The ship is the only one involved in migrant rescues in the central Mediterranean that flies an Italian flag.
The initiative began with the purchase by the musician of an initial rescue boat, which will enable Mare Jonio to renew its certification to be able to continue its rescue missions in the coming months.
Bayna rescue boat operative by end of August
There has been an uptick in departures of migrants from North African coasts towards Europe in recent weeks amid a worsening of human rights violations in Libya and of social conditions in Tunisia.
Thus, every extra rescue boat at sea in the Mediterranean can mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of men, women and children.The funds raised will enable Mediterranea rescue teams to continue to operate in the waters of the Strait of Sicily.
Ghali's social media accounts since Tuesday have included details on how to donate funds.The first "rescue boat" that will be purchased with Ghali's donation will be up and running by the end of August and will be called Bayna, which means "to see clearly" and is also the name of a song included in the rapper's latest album, Sensazione Ultra.
'Rescuing humans question of civilization'
"I am very happy to be able to do something tangible for a cause that I believe essential for our future. Rescuing human beings is a question of civilization and I am asking you, if you can, to take part in this fundraiser," Ghali said.
The rapper added: "It seems absurd to have to repeat this, but all lives count and should be saved."
"I would like to thank Ghali and all the people working with him," said Vanessa Guidi, head of Mediterranea. "We have always listened to his music and his words, which are often very close to our battle for the basic rights of those risking their lives at sea, often fleeing inhuman treatment and in search of a better future. However, starting today Ghali is a full-fledged member of our crew in a journey at sea that will be long and able to help many people out there."