Axel Steier

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Axel Steier (born August 10, 1975 in Neuruppin ) is co-founder, chairman and spokesman of Mission Lifeline e. V. known, an NGO that is dedicated to the sea ​​rescue of migrants, especially in the Mediterranean .

Steier worked for three years as a paramedic at the DRK in Munich. He then studied sociology at the TU Dresden and was one of Karl-Siegbert Rehberg's students . Steier runs a small grocery store in Dresden-Neustadt.

Axel Steier (2017)

Dresden-Balkan convoy

Steier's commitment to refugees began as a spontaneous idea: “I happened to see a friend on television how bad the situation is in the Balkans. And since there are a lot of right-wing extremist demonstrations here in Dresden, I wanted to send a positive signal. ”Steier was one of the initiators of the Dresden-Balkan convoy, which, in cooperation with the Dresden free shop, collected donations in kind for people on the Balkan route. The great willingness of the population to help was a logistical challenge. The supporters of the project included the GRÜNEN members of the state parliament Volkmar Zschocke , Katja Meier and Valentin Lippmann .

In November 2015, Steier drove his pickup truck to Preševo (Serbia), where the relief supplies were distributed to those in need. Then he coordinated the next aid convoy for the people who stayed on the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni ; for this purpose, two acceptance points for material goods and a donation account were set up. The Dresden-Balkan convoy adapted flexibly to the changing escape routes with its offers of help: "As a very small organization, we are able to react within a few days or even hours," said Steier to a reporter for the Dresdner Latest News .

Mission Lifeline

In May 2016, the Dresden-Balkan convoy was planning to buy a ship for sea rescue in the Mediterranean, parallel to its involvement in Idomeni, where, among other things, it had a tea kitchen. The initiative solicited donations and guarantees for this “Mission Lifeline”. In June 2017 it became known that the Pirna Federal Police had started investigations against Axel Steier and Sascha Pietsch as chairman and deputy chairman of Mission Lifeline on behalf of the Dresden Public Prosecutor. Both received a summons to comment at the beginning of July on the " attempt to smuggle in foreigners " that they were accused of . A private person had filed a complaint, the public prosecutor did not comment on whether there was any initial suspicion . The investigations were stopped before the scheduled hearing by the public prosecutor, Mission Lifeline e. V. did not own a ship at that time.

In September 2017, the 19-person German-Spanish crew of the rescue ship in Malta prepared for their first mission; Axel Steier emphasized to the MDR: "We are equipping the ship with several cameras to document all operations, have a position tracker so that our route can be tracked and we work closely with the MRCC in Rome." A two-week rescue mission costs 20,000 euros each; Fuel, port fees, food and satellite communication have the greatest impact. Mission Lifeline cooperated with the Spanish aid organization #MayDayterraneo on the first rescue operation.

On June 26, 2018, Steier, who accompanied the lifeline on its sixth rescue mission, told epd that more than 900 people had been rescued from distress by the lifeline since autumn 2017.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Articles of Association and notice of exemption from Mission Lifeline e. V. In: mission lifeline. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  2. ^ About the person - Axel Steier. In: Spiegel online. January 9, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  3. With the rescue ship off Libya. In: Dresden University Journal. TU Dresden, February 27, 2018, p. 2 , accessed on June 28, 2018 .
  4. Judith Budai: Volunteering: Free shop Help does not have to cost anything. In: urbanite. December 14, 2015, accessed June 28, 2018 .
  5. GRÜNE members of the state parliament Zschocke, Meier and Lippmann support the Dresden-Balkan convoy. In: Alliance 90 The Greens in the Saxon State Parliament. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  6. Dresden-Balkan convoy starts for the second time. In: Dresdner Latest News. November 27, 2015, accessed June 28, 2018 .
  7. Marie Zoe Vanherpe: Dresden-Balkan convoy planning project for the search and rescue in the Mediterranean. In: Dresdner Latest News. May 18, 2016, accessed June 28, 2018 .
  8. ^ Matthias Meisner: Investigations against Dresden sea rescuers. In: Der Tagesspiegel. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  9. Dresden Public Prosecutor's Office investigates Mission Lifeline. In: Dresdner Latest News. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  10. a b No investigations against rescuers. In: Sächsische Zeitung online. July 3, 2017, accessed June 28, 2018 .
  11. Markus Weinberg: Dresden Sea Rescue Service for the first time with its own ship. (No longer available online.) September 17, 2017, archived from the original on June 16, 2018 ; accessed on June 28, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. Pegida process at the beginning of the year. In: Sächsische Zeitung online. December 27, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  13. Search for people in distress. In: Sächsische Zeitung online. September 20, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .
  14. a b Katharina Rögner: The rescue ship "Lifeline" continues to hope to enter the port. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018 .