Carola Rackete, the German lady who stood for humanity


A German ship captain, Carola Rackete, who works for a German NGO, Sea-Watch, became quite popular after she was arrested in June, 2019 for docking a rescue ship filled with migrants at a port in the island, Lampadusa, without approval from the Italian government.
Carola Rackete was born in the German town of Preetz on the 8th of May, 1988.

Sea-Watch, the German rescue organisation she works for, has been receiving good and amazing feedback from the general public for their humanitarian works.
On the 12th of June 2019, Rockete's ship, Sea-Watch 3, got exactly 53 migrants on board in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. She decided not to dock the ship at Tripoli due to how the place was marked unsafe by several humanitarian organisations.

Lampedusa was the closest safe harbor so she decided to head there but unfortunately, Italian ports were closed to migrant rescue ships and the mastermind behind that was the interior minister of Italy Matteo Salvini.
Only ten migrants, which includes children, the ill, and pregnant women, were taken off the ship to Italy.

European countries Germany, Finland, France, Portugal and Luxembourg made it clear on the 28th of June that they would take in the migrants.

Unfortunately, according to Rackete, on the 29th of June, the migrants became exhausted so she had to dock on the Italian port without authorization.
She was arrested just after she docked.

According to Matteo Salvini, Rackete's action is an act of war because her ship collided with an Italian patrol boat that was preventing her from docking.

Huge sums of money has been raised through crowdfunding campaigns to help boost the strength of the legal defense of the Sea-Watch so they could help her out in that situation.

A court ruled that Rackete broke no law; she did what she did to protect the safety of her passengers.
Rackete was removed from house arrest shortly after the ruling.

Her lawyer has since filed a strong lawsuit against Matteo Salvini for defamation; this is because Salvini, on social media, allegedly encouraged his followers to threaten her.

The two captains of the Sea-Watch 3, Carola Rackete and Pia Klemp, will receive a Grand Vermeil Medal from the City of Paris.
These two brave women will receive the high award of Paris for saving the precious lives of migrants at sea.

They literally stood high for humanity.

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