In March of 2012, a fishing ship sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean completely disappeared. Pirates had captured the crew of the Naham 3, torturing them and holding them for ransom in the Somalian desert for over four years. Finally, this weekend, the 26 survivors were released for a small ransom. This has been one of the longest pirate hostage situations and a product of years of negotiation.
Although Somali piracy has decreased in recent years through increased military action, many sailors remain in captivity. These pirates are “uneducated, obstructionist, unmotivated and unrealistic,” demanding enormous amounts of money from the poor families of the sailors.
Yesterday, the surviving members of the Naham 3 spoke out about the horrors of their years in captivity: painting pictures of a sweltering desert where they had to catch rats to survive and live in constant fear of getting shot by their captors. The details are truly horrific.