Iranian Hostages Released By Somali Pirates After Years In Captivity

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and also Assistance Network (ISWAN) invites the launch of 3 Iranian captives by Somali pirates after virtually 5 and also half years in bondage.

The 3 Iranian captives, that were held for 1,975 days by Somali pirates, have actually been launched and also shown up securely atTehran They are the last 3 staff participants of FV Siraj, an Iranian angling vessel with 19 staff, which was pirated by Somali pirates on 25 March 2015.

Last year, another staff participant was launched by the pirates on altruistic premises and also has actually been offered with assistance by ISWAN with the help of IMM Syndicate– the ITF-affiliated profession union in Iran.

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ISWAN has actually been giving altruistic help to the family members of the staff participants while they remained in bondage by caring for several of the important demands such as moneying the education and learning of their youngsters, aiding with the healthcare of their senior moms and dads and also spending for fixings to their residences.

ISWAN is thankful to the United Nations and also Hostage Support Partnership for bringing an end to the scary challenge that the captives experienced. With their launch, there disappear seafarer captives inSomalia Between 2007 and also 2018, about 3,639 * seafarers from throughout the globe were kept in bondage by the pirates, varying from a couple of months to 5 and also half years.

ISWAN’s Director of Regions, Chirag Bahri, that was himself when imprisoned by Somali pirates, claimed: ‘The seafarers and their families have suffered immensely during their period of captivity as there was very little communication between them. The families also suffered severe hardship during the five and half years while their loved ones were in captivity. ISWAN worked with number of partners across the globe to help the families with basic livelihood means, education and medical support from piracy relief funds. ISWAN also supported seafarers after their return from captivity with rehabilitation including psychological support. We wish to thank governments and other organisations who supported the piracy relief funds. Over the years this has enabled some of the seafarers held hostage to return to sea.’

ISWAN belongs to the UNSC’s mandated Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) as well as likewise provides the Piracy Survivor Family Fund (PSFF).

ISWAN is offered to offer altruistic assistance to seafarers and also their family members influenced by events of piracy, heist or hostage-taking.


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