It’s a desperate cry for help. Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan families have called on Somalians worldwide to exert influence on their clans back home who are still holding the crew of the Malaysian-registered MV Albedo. Eleven of the men are believed to be on board the NAHAM 3, a fishing boat that was beside the Albedo when it sank on 6th July. Four others are missing. Given the nature of Somali pirates, we doubt that appealing to their humanity will work. In any case, here’s the full unedited text of the families’ joint message. Perchance the world will see the depth of their anguish.
Dear Somali Brothers & sisters,
We, the unfortunate families of M.V.Albedo, have been separated from our loved ones since the time, Albedo ship was taken over by some Somali men on 29 November 2010. The families have to undergo huge amount of emotional stress, trauma since last 31 months. The Owner did not arranged money as demanded by yourself and we were asked by yourself to go to press, media and even to our national Governments. We appealed to everyone in this world to pay money towards the release of our people. But no one listened to us. We have tried our best but we are very poor people. We even do not have any money to pay for medicines, school fees or to buy food for our children.
Now, that the vessel has sunk and the Owner has no interest to pay money and rescue the crew. Our 4 crew members are missing from the ship and nobody knows about them. You have again put the remaining 11 crew on Naham 3 fishing boat, which can sink at any time.
We therefore, request you to please leave the vessel and free the innocent life on Naham 3. You can go ashore safely and nobody will interfere at any moment. Once you reach shore, then our people will rescue the crew members from Naham 3.
Now , at least release them on humanitarian grounds else they will die in your hands. What will you tell to Allah ? You will be punished by Him for taking the life of innocent poor people.
With all our hands folded, we appeal to you to please release our men.
Families of the Albedo Crew.
According to the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), the Albedo crew are from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran. The four missing Sri Lankans were thought to be in a lift raft that drifted up the coast and are probably under the control of a different group of pirates. The Naham 3 has nine crew on board from China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Four Thai fishermen and seven Indian seafarers from other vessels are also still in captivity.
The suffering goes on. ~Barista Uno
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