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German NGO Cap Anamur founder Rupert Neudeck dies at 77

  • FILE - This  April 8, , 2014 file picture shows the co- founder of  humanitarian aid group  Cap Anamur  Rupert Neudeck, in Cologne.  Rupert Neudeck,is photographed in Berlin. Rupert Neudeck, the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese “boat people,” has died Tuesday May 31, 2016, the organization said. He was 77.   (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP,File)

    FILE - This April 8, , 2014 file picture shows the co- founder of humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur Rupert Neudeck, in Cologne. Rupert Neudeck,is photographed in Berlin. Rupert Neudeck, the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese “boat people,” has died Tuesday May 31, 2016, the organization said. He was 77. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -In this July 8, 2015 file picture the co- founder of relief organization  Cap Anamur, Rupert Neudeck,is photographed in Berlin. Rupert Neudeck, the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese “boat people,” has died Tuesday May 31, 2016, the organization said. He was 77.  ( Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP,File)

    FILE -In this July 8, 2015 file picture the co- founder of relief organization Cap Anamur, Rupert Neudeck,is photographed in Berlin. Rupert Neudeck, the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese “boat people,” has died Tuesday May 31, 2016, the organization said. He was 77. ( Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP,File)  (The Associated Press)

Rupert Neudeck, the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese "boat people," has died, the organization said. He was 77.

Neudeck, a former journalist who founded the Cologne-based organization with his wife Christel in 1979 in response to the Vietnamese refugee crisis, died Tuesday in Germany. Further details weren't being released at the family's request, the organization said.

Following the Vietnamese crisis, Cap Anamur expanded to provide humanitarian aid globally, focusing on medical care and education.

In 2004, it clashed with the Italian government when it tried to dock in the country after rescuing 37 Africans from the Mediterranean. It eventually landed in Sicily after a three-week standoff, but the boat was immediately seized and most of the refugees were deported.