Lampedusa's Flying Angels

The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean and their saviours from the sky

Lampedusa's Flying Angels As migrants continue to risk their lives daily to cross the Mediterranean to the island of Lampedusa, volunteer pilots patrol the seas to help assist and guide boats in difficulty.
If we had not been saved at that time, we would have died’, says Baillo, a Libyan migrant whose boat was rescued on its journey to Lampedusa. For pilot Olivier Wilmart, 'it's not a simple situation, there are no simple solutions'. Despite efforts from Italian authorities to stop NGOs assisting migrant boats, he flies out daily to aid boats on their dangerous journey, in partnership with rescue organisation Sea-Watch.

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