Ms. Maria Luisa Catrambone
Member, Catrambone family
Maria Luisa Catrambone is a member of the Catrambone family, internationally known as the family sailing to rescue refugees lost at sea. Appalled by migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, the Catrambones bought a boat, hi-tech gear, advanced medical supplies and hired a crew to launch their own rescue mission for people attempting dangerous sea crossings while fleeing violence, poverty and persecution. Since September 2017 the Catrambone's have turned their attention to the plight of the Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar into Bagladesh. They're delivered 40 tons of food aid and treated 60,000 patients in Primary Healthcare Centers' since the launch of the mission. Bringing the total number of beneficiaries reached to over 100,000. The mission goes under their award-winning organisation, MOAS, Migrant Offshore Aid Station.
Since inception in 2013, MOAS have rescued and assisted over 40,000 people on the world’s most dangerous migration routes, and continues to advocate and lobby for the creation of safe and legal routes for vulnerable people in desperate need of international protection.