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Owner: Ryan & Sophie Sailing

Encountering a MIGRANT RAFT between the Canary Islands and Africa [SOLO SAILING] #113

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Location: Canary Islands
Latitude: 28.29000000
Longitude: -16.63000000
Published: 6 Apr 2022

This is not the start that Ryan expected to have when he left Lanzarote to cross the Atlantic solo onboard Polar Seal. And while we've always been aware of the migrant crisis between Africa and Europe, we never imagined that we would be confronted to it in such a brutal way.

It has been two months since the events, and Ryan is still very impacted by that night of January 2022, when he was called by the Coast Guards to go confirm the sighting of a migrant raft 100 nautical miles south of Gran Canaria.

We understand that the migrant crisis is a divisive topic, and we can not cover all of its aspects. We understand that you may have opinions, but please be respectful of each other in the comment section.

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The primary purpose of the UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, the UNHCR work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country.

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Sources and Resources:

Read the "Right to Life" 2021 report to learn more about the migrant routes out of Africa: https://caminandofronteras.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/MONITORE-DALVEN_v01.pdf

Learn more about the migrant crisis, the people in the raft and the effort to find missing people at www.caminandofronteras.org (in French and Spanish)

Listen to the Polar Seal Sailing Podcast:

On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1vzefXA8NybIZCb1bCTg5k?si=re7UI-h5SReZO0-o6i_kkA
On Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/se/podcast/the-polar-seal-sailing-podcast/id1614004626?l=en

Ryan talks about his encounter with a migrant raft on the "On the Wind" Podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ryan-ellison-an-emotional-solo-trans-atlantic/id711410636?i=1000554838724

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