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'We had to eat rats,' say sailors held by Somali pirates for four years - The Guardian

Freed crew of trawler hijacked south of Seychelles in 2012 tell of brutal treatment and extreme deprivation. Saeed Kamali Dehghan · @SaeedKD. Mon 24 Oct 2016 13.44 EDT First published on Sun 23 Oct 2016 21.37 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on ...and more »

Somali pirates free 26 Asian hostages after four years - The Guardian

The fishermen's release was negotiated by a former British army colonel who has made a mission of working to free 'forgotten hostages'. Agence France-Presse. Sat 22 Oct 2016 18.21 EDT Last modified on Sat 22 Oct 2016 18.51 EDT. Share on Facebook ...and more »

Freed Sailors Recount Years of Torture at the Hands of Somali Pirates - New York Times

NAIROBI, Kenya — The crew of the Naham 3, a longline fishing trawler, will never forget the day in 2012 when they disappeared. In the early morning hours of March 26, somewhere in the deep blue waters of the western Indian Ocean near the Seychelles, ...and more »

Somali Pirates Free 26 Asian Sailors After 4 Years In Captivity - Huffington Post

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years since their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean, government officials and a maritime expert said on Saturday. The ...and more »

26 Asian Sailors Released After Ransom, Somali Pirate Says - New York Times

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali pirate said Saturday that 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years had been freed after a ransom was paid, and international mediators said the release “represents the end of captivity for the last remaining ...and more »

Somali pirates free hostages held for nearly five years - Aljazeera.com

Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years, an official and a maritime expert said on Saturday. The sailors - from China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan - were ...and more »

Tears, relief as Pinoy, other Somali pirate hostages land in Kenya - ABS-CBN News

NAIROBI, Kenya - A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates touched down in Kenya on Sunday, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal. "Am so, so happy. Really, am so, so happy. For UN, for Mr ...and more »

Somali pirates free 26 hostages held since 2012 - Chinadaily USA

MOGADISHU - Somali pirates on Saturday released 26 people who had been held hostage for nearly five years, an organization involved in mediation efforts said. An Omani-flagged fishing vessel FV Naham 3 was hijacked south of the Seychelles in March ...and more »

Somali pirates' hostages 'ate rats' to survive - BBC News

A group of sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years survived in part by eating rats, one survivor has told the BBC. Filipino sailor Arnel Balbero said they were also only given small amounts of water and felt like "the ...and more »

Hostage recounts terror in captivity at hands of Somali pirates - The Phnom Penh Post

One of the four Cambodian fishermen released by Somali pirates on Saturday described yesterday their terrifying four and a half years in captivity, which he said “killed us emotionally”. Kampong Chhnang province native Em Phoum Many, 34, was kidnapped ...and more »