Family’s Ordeal with Hijacked Ship



The family of Jawaid Saleem know him to sail cargo ships all his life. Home footage shows his family on board one of the ships in happier times, nearly 10 years before that fateful day in November 2010, when the MV Albedo, carrying cement shipment, was hijacked, The ship was on its way to Mombasa from Jebel Ali, Dubai, via the Guld of Aden which is notorious for pirate attacks. 48 hours after communications with the MV Albedo were dropped, the hijackers contacted the Saleem family and demanded a ransom worth millions of dollars. The family would then face 10 months of uncertainty and worry. "Physically and emotionally exhausted now, after 10 and half months of waiting you don't know what to expect, you know and when there is silence for three to four months at a stretch you begin to wonder if they are still alive," said the daughter of Captain Jawaid Saleem who now lives in Dubai. "He is a fighter, he has been able to overcome lots of difficult moments of his life, but I mean something like this was never anticipated and I don't think he ever anticipated this either, because even while he was being chased by pirates, he was positive, he thought he could get out of it and the last time I spoke with him, he said that he can't see them any longer," the 28-year old added. Nareman, Jawaid Saleem's 28 year old daughter has embarked on a Facebook campaign to gain funds in securing the release of the 23 member crew, who come from poor families. The company that owns the ship, Magestic Enrich Shipping, went bankrupt after the incident. "We are still trying to negotiate to explain to them that this is too much, just lower your demands, we are going to try and do whatever we can in our capacity but my only concern is the dangers they are facing right now, there is lack of food, there is lack of water there, they are not in the best physical conditions. A lot of the crew members have been reported to be very sick," Nareman Saleem added. Piracy is costing the world economy billions of dollars annually, and an international Piracy conference held in Dubai earlier this year pledged more than 5 million dollars to help address the issue. There are currently 17 captive ships by pirates working off the Somali coast, with negotiations stretching months before ransom is agreed on. Speaker: Nareman Saleem -- daughter of abucted captain By Noora Faraj Al Arabiya with Agencies

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