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Friday, June 24, 2011

Indian sailors come home after 10 months of captivity by Somali pirates

After nearly 10 months in captivity, six Indian sailors of MV Suez, owned by an Egyptian company, came home. The cargo ship had been hijacked by Somali pirates in August last year.

The joyful men freed after 11 months saw their return home Friday as a rebirth.

"The pirates would get drunk and beat us. They would use anything they could get their hands on to beat us. We were sure they would kill us," N.K. Sharma, one of the sailors, told reporters.

Tortured by a group of drunk pirates and starved for days together, freedom seemed distant for the six Indian sailors on board MV Suez, who had almost given up hope of meeting their families.

And when freedom dawned upon them after ten months in captivity of Somali pirates, they could not believe their nightmare was over and were going to be reunited with family and friends.

The 22-member crew of Egyptian merchant vessel MV Suez, which included 11 Egyptians, four Pakistanis, six Indians and one Sri Lankan, was taken captive after Somalian pirates attacked them last year. The sailors were freed after Pakistan human rights activist Ansar Burney raised money for their ransom after successfully negotiating their release.

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