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Only one thing prevented World Maritime Day 2011 from becoming all sound and fury, a meaningfless orgy of speeches and messages spun around the theme “Piracy: Orchestrating the Response”. It was the launch on 29th September, City of London, of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP). This undertaking is funded by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Seafarers’ Trust and The TK Foundation and has the support of all the big guns in the shipping industry. The aim: to help seafarers and families cope with the physical and mental trauma caused by torture and abuse at the hands of pirates. The pain and anguish they suffer are immeasurable, beyond the world’s imagination. Hence our question – why only now? ~Barista Uno

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