Stern — July 7, 2017 Machine Translation
The Odyssey of the refugee ship Lifeline has startled many people. Nationwide, demonstrations were held and TV presenter Klaas Heufer-Umlauf called for donations – he wants to charter more ships.
With a video on Youtube, TV presenter Klaas Heufer-Umlauf has spoken out on the refugee question. More specifically, he calls for donations to charter refugee ships: “It will not let me go, and I hope some others do not,” he says at the beginning of the six-minute clip.
He then describes the situation of refugees whose suffering is so great that they embark on the dangerous journey: “Many have drowned in recent years, in recent months, but some have not, because they have been saved by volunteers Helpers from all over the world, “says Heufer-Umlauf.
Heufer-Umlauf wants to continue work of the Lifeline
Then he describes the case of the refugee ship Lifeline, currently stuck in Malta. Many countries had refused to let the lifeline with 200 people. Malta finally allowed it after other countries had promised to take in the refugees.
Because the captain of the ship has to face trial in the near future, the lifeline cannot continue its rescue work. Heufer-Umlauf wants to change this state of mind:
“Even if one sometimes has the impression that one is quite alone with the opinion that drowning people should be saved from drowning, I still believe that there are enough people who do not see it that way Personally, I have already donated money. “
He promises that he will “personally take care of it”, that the money will arrive where it has to go. He pleads for European solidarity: “If Europe as such does not work, then you have to do it yourself.” I would be happy if we could get some money together to charter one or more ships for a certain period of time.”
Demonstrations in several German cities