Norfolk man Paul Chamberlain is perhaps the UK’s most experienced rescue swimmer. With charity MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) he’s helped rescue more than 6,000 men, women and children adrift in the Mediterranean Sea.
In the first six months of 2016 it is estimated that more than 200,000 people made the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe. Many were fleeing brutally oppressive regimes and almost 2,500 are thought to have drowned.
They often spend their life savings getting help to cross first the Sahara, then to set sail to cross the sea to Europe. Abuse is common and many find themselves adrift, having run out of fuel on a dangerously overloaded ship or inflatable. Tomorrow more boats will leave North Africa and every day more are rescued. We need to fund the rescue missions and campaign for action so that people no longer have to flee.
Paul decided to write his story to raise awareness of the true horror of this humanitarian disaster. Profits from the sale of the book will go to charity MOAS. The book itself will raise awareness of what is perhaps the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.