Red Cross doctor holds baby

© Yara Nardi / Italian Red Cross

He was still without a name when he boarded a rubber boat with his mother in the southern Mediterranean Sea.

Just two days earlier, Fatima had brought her son into the world on the streets of Libya. Alone.

The rubber boat was a desperate step in the search of a better life. It was a terrifying journey for mother and son.For several hours Fatima and her baby sat in the middle of the boat, not knowing exactly where they were headed or if they would make it.

The pair were saved by the Responder search and rescue vessel. A team from the charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) plucked them and hundreds of others from the doomed boat and brought them to safety.

They were met by medics from the Red Cross who took care of them.

Red Cross doctor, Kimberly de Souza, said: “When they came on board I immediately checked if the baby and the mother were healthy and hydrated.

“Luckily, both were perfectly healthy.”

The pair were taken to the Italian port of Vibo Valentia, along with hundreds of other people rescued by the Responder.

Fatima had to go through all this without the baby’s father.

“Maybe he is on another boat towards Europe,” she said. “But I haven’t heard any news from him for a long time.”

Between August and December, Red Cross boats saved over 7,000 people from drowning. We are working the full length of the migratory trail. To support our valuable work, please donate to our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal.