By: Wendy Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The crew of the Naham 3, including nationals from Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, were the second-longest held hostages by Somali pirates, who hijacked their fishing vessel and held them captive in March 2012 in Dabagala, Somalia, about 400 kilometers northeast of the capital Mogadishu, an area known to be frequented by pirates.
“They have spent over four and a half years in deplorable conditions away from their families,” said John Steed, one of the main negotiators working with the Hostage Support Partner, according to an AFP report.
Among the 29 hostages, one had died during the hijacking and two more “succumbed to illness” during their captivity, said Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) in a statement. [FULL STORY]