The 'unfortunate' families of the surviving crew of MV Albedo made an appeal on 14 July to the worldwide Somali community to put pressure on the clans and pirates to release the men on humanitarian grounds. With a lack of response to their initial plea, a second appeal is made as the festival of Eid comes to an end.
MV Albedo, hijacked 29 November 2011, sank off the Somali coast early in July this year, having been held by Somali pirates for over two and a half years. The fate of the remaining crew has been speculated but without clear confirmation of the survivors of the sinking. The families have, once more, made a desperate appeal for their release. MPHRP, the seafarer humanitarian organisation, has released a letter on behalf of the stressed and traumatised family members of the Albedo crew, which says:
Please support these desperate families to get their message across. Undeterred by a lack of response to their previous appeal the families of the mv Albedo have released an appeal to people of the Somalian community world wide to coincide with the festival of Eid.
We the families of crew of Albedo from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had earlier appealed to the Elders, our Brothers and Sisters of Somalia to assist with humanitarian release of our loved ones who were on the sunken ship, Albedo. The ship was hijacked by some Somali men on 26th Nov 2010 and 5 of the crew members including 4 Sri Lankan crew have not been able to contact their family members. The fate of rest of the 11 crew remains a big concern for us as we still pray to Almighty GOD to take care of them.
We are in desperate condition living with a little hope to see our beloved crew soon. On this eve of forthcoming Eid on 9th August 2013, we once again appeal with our folded hands to all Somali community in the world to convince Somali men, who are holding these innocent poor life to release them on humanitarian grounds. We have not celebrated any festival since the last 3 years and have forgotten even to laugh . The only faith on which we are surviving is that we will be able to rejoice with our son/ father/ husband / brother one day. Their small children, wife, old parents are eagerly waiting to meet with them and again celebrate festivals.
The festival of "Eid" symbolises brotherhood, love, peace and prosperity among all sections of the society. We would be very grateful and thankful throughout our life to kindly assist in securing the release of unfortunate crew of Albedo. Please accept our sincere request as we have left with no other option than to beg for the life our family's sole breadwinners.
With all our hands folded, the families of crew of Albedo once again desperately seek the help of all Somali community to urgently help us to save them.
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