After drifting at sea for days, witnessing their companions die and risking their lives, the 4 survivors most certainly need medical and psychological assistance.
The tanker Alegria 1 that rescued them is now heading to Libya, ignoring not only MSF's offers of medical assistance, but also the call not to return these people to Libya, where they will almost certainly face detention, abuse, and ill treatment.
These people are in need of urgent protection and care. None of the survivors should be returned to a place where they face detention, abuse and ill treatment. Libya is not a place of safety.
We urge the Coordination centers of Rome and Malta to assume coordination of such an operation and assign a place of safety for the survivors before it is too late.
We also urge Frontex and other EU agencies present in the area to reveal the details of this tragic event.