MADRID (Reuters) – American actor Richard Gere on Friday visited 121 migrants stranded for the past week on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean, as the European Union’s executive urged member countries to show solidarity in finding a solution.
Arriving on a boat outfitted with a banner reading “You are not alone,” the 69-year-old Hollywood star brought water and other supplies to the ship Open Arms, speaking to several migrants about their experience of fleeing war-torn Libya.
“The most important thing for these people here is to be able to get to a free port, to get off the boat, to get on land and start a new life,” Gere said in a video posted online. “Please support us here on Open Arms and help these people, our brothers and sisters.”
The migrants, including 32 minors, were rescued last Thursday by the Barcelona-based charity and the ship is now floating in international waters near the Italian island of Lampedusa. The fate of the migrants has been in limbo…
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