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MSF appeals to South Africans to help in EU refugee crisis

MSF has rescue ships working in the Mediterranean where they have rescued more than 15,000 Libyan refugees.

FILE: This handout picture taken in May 2015 released by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station shows migrants aboard a wooden boat on the Mediterranean sea. Picture: AFP/MOAS.

CAPE TOWN - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called on South Africans to assist in efforts to help address the refugee crisis in Europe.

Thousands of people have been fleeing violence in countries like Syria and Libya.

MSF has three rescue ships working in the Mediterranean where migrants have boarded boats heading to Italy, Serbia, Hungary and Greece.

MSF Southern Africa President Mohammed Dalwai says they have rescued more than 15,000 Libyan refugees on the Mediterranean this year.

He says nearly 3,000 people have died or went missing fleeing the war-torn country and trying to get to Italy.

Dalwai says they have launched a social media campaign called 'Your fences kill: Provide safe passage'. What we are asking people do is, on their Facebook profile to change it to a life jacket, many of the people we find within the Mediterranean Sea are clinging for dear life to these rickety old life jackets."

Dalwai says other ways to help is by making a donation to MSF or raising awareness.