The project was created by a small group of friends, professionals of various kinds who, tired of seeing thousands of migrants dying in a desperate attempt to cross the Mediterranean in search for a better future for themselves and their children, decided to break the wall of indifference to get involved, with just one clear goal: to remain human.

The Executive Board

Gherardo Colombo
HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Former magistrate

Luciano Scalettari
CHAIRMAN

Journalist

Alberto Guariso
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Lawyer

Corrado Mandreoli
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Trade unionist

Duccio Facchini

Journalist

Emiliano Giovine

Lawyer

Cecilia Guidetti

Social researcher

Lia Manzella

Project manager and fundraiser

Luca Masera

University professor

Livio Neri

Lawyer

Sarah Nocita

Social worker

The ResQ manifesto

We want to put a stop to these massacres

We want to put a stop to these massacres
Never before in history have we counted so many victims on the migration route between Africa and Europe.
SOS calls of the shipwrecked are lost in waves, and people die.
The Mediterranean sea, for centuries cradle of civilization and heritage of cultures and visions, today has become a graveyard of people looking for a better future. We want to stop these massacres that continue to take place in our sea under indifferent eyes. We want to save the lives of every woman, man or child, regardless of their nationality, religion and reasons for their migration.
We want to reaffirm the moral duty to respect life.

 

The ResQ manifesto

To do so we want to set sail a ship.

 

We want it to sail under the Italian flag. We want the Italian flag to be the only one flying on board, becoming a symbol of hospitality, shelter and salvation.
We want it to be a civil society ship, of children and parents, teachers and pupils, cooperatives and associations, famous people and unknown men; a ship for all those who are tired of turning a blind eye and have decided to save human lives.
We want it to channel the energy and outrage, helplessness and compassion that thousands of citizens are feeling in the face of the massacres taking place in our sea.
We therefore want to launch a crowdfunding campaign, so that this is the ship of anyone holding these values.

The ResQ manifesto

We want to tell people’s stories

 

We want it to be an efficient ship, with a capable, experienced and competent crew.
We want our ship, and our rescue work, to obey only the Laws of the Sea and International Law, in accordance with the fundamental and non-negotiable principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality.
We want it to become a symbol of hope, reporting real, up-to-date information about harsh realities; we want it to tell the world the stories of the people it saves.

The ResQ manifesto

If this is what you want, too, then we’d like to welcome you on board.

 

We want it to become a symbol of hope, reporting real, up-to-date information about harsh realities; we want it to tell the world the stories of the people it saves.
We want it to set an example for the people of other nations. Our dream is that every European state will follow our example and launch more ships of hope into the sea.
It is up to our governments, to our Europe, to launch practical management and reception projects.
That’s right. We want it to be a ship that will save human lives.
If this is what you want, too, then we’d like to welcome you on board.