An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE
crossing the Med. Caroline Abu Sa’Da is General Director of its Swiss branch.
Juliano Fiori: SOS is very much a product of contemporary Europe. It’s a
civic response to refugees and migrants in the Med but also to nationalistic politics, or to the
return of nationalist movements to the forefront of Europeanpolitics. How, then, does SOS differ
from European humanitarian NGOs founded in past decades?
Caroline Abu Sa’Da: SOS is a European citizen movement. Besides our
search-and-rescue activities, we aim to give to the greatest number of
Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Oleksii Reznikov, had declared that a ‘major war
in Ukraine’ would lead to three to five million Ukrainian refugees ( Reznikov, 2021 ). This prediction was part of
Reznikov’s warning that a war in Ukraine ‘would plunge the whole of Europe
into crisis’ and his attempt to raise support among Europeanpolitical leaders in
the face of the Russian threats. Without referring to Reznikov’s prediction, the
Biden administration announced at the beginning of February 2022 that a Russian