Migrant Offshore Aid Station
Naguib Sawiris says he wants to dub the island Independence, and build a shelter for refugees halfway between the homes they're fleeing and their destinations in Western Europe.
Simon Ostrovsky speaks with Robert Young Pelton, the Strategic Consultant for MOAS, about how government programs might be influenced by MOAS's private life-saving mission.
In this extra scene, Simon Ostrovsky sits down with Norman Lowell, the founder and head of Malta's far-right anti-immigration political party Imperium Europa to talk about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky joined On The Line to discuss the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), and his new documentary "The Smartest Guy in the Sea."
From fighting forest fires to clearing land mines to rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, the private sector often addresses international security issues better than governments can.
MOAS, a humanitarian NGO, rescued 188 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya Wednesday, bringing its two-week rescue total to almost 900.
Since EU leaders seem more concerned with keeping refugees out than helping them survive the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe, self-funded groups have taken to patrolling the waters in a bid to save lives.