Families Desperate Appeal

The families of the hijacked crew appeal for you to help them in bringing home their loved ones.
A short of USD 1.7 million need to be collected towards the release of the crew. The remaining amount is going to be paid by the owner. The families of the hijacked crew desperately look forward to your generosity and benevolence in helping in any way possible. You can help by spreading this message to create awareness so it reaches as many people as possible. Please visit our facebook page “SAVE MV ALBEDO, SAVE MY FATHER’s LIFE”.

Deadline is 15 may 2012


Philanthropist – Mr. Abdul Sattar Eidhi collects funds for the release of crew of MV ALBEDO

Philanthropist – Mr. Ardeshir Cowasjee appeals for release of MV ALBEDO crew

Pakistani media appeals for release of MV ALBEDO crew

The below Charity Account has been set for raising the funds required:
Bank Name: NIB BANK LTD.
Branch Name: UNIVERSITY ROAD BRANCH, KARACHI, PAKISTAN
Account Name: Shahnaz Jawaid & Neelam Mujtaba
Account No. (PKR): 10052-10653622
Account No. (USD): 10052-10653789
Account No. (GBP) :10052-10653808
Swift Code: NIBPPKKA ( This is the same as Sort Code , ABA No, IFSC No. or Transit Institution No.)

Pleas / news paper articles, television interviews with the families of the crew have been uploaded on this website. Please go to the recent updates section and you can view all information there.

For those living abroad, you can donate through Western Union.

Contact information savemvalbedo@gmail.com

Please forward our plea to all your family, friends and acquaintances.

15 October 2011: A daughter’s plea

A father is someone who
holds your hand at the fair
makes sure you do what your mother says
holds back your hair when you are sick
brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy
lets you eat ice cream for breakfast
but only when mother is away
he walks you down the aisle
and tells you everything’s gonna be ok


(pic: Nareman with her father)

My father is Captain Jawaid Saleem is Captain on MV Albedo. He is 61 years old and has spent 40 years of his life at sea. A man who had always been big built and muscular suddenly had started to show the signs of old age. He looked weak and tired with 4 decades of service on the high seas. As I bid him farewell before he set a sail on MV Albedo I noticed his wrinkly skin.. I felt sad. I told him he should retire now and he promised me that MV albedo would be his last voyage before his retirement and he will come home and spend his retirement age with his family. He smiled maybe with the thought of a life close to home, not having to live apart from his family. I knew he always regretted missing on seeing his kids grow up. Every time he would return home from a voyage, he found his daughters on a different stage of life. We hugged and said Goodbye but what happened next could never have been anticipated by us.

On 26th November 2010, my father ship ‘mv albedo’ was hijacked on the high seas of Somalia. The 23 crew members of various nationalities (Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Iranian, Sri lankan and Indian ) were taken hostage for ransom. You cant even begin to describe the horrors we have gone through for the past 10 and a half months.

At first when we got the news that my fathers ship had been hijacked there was silence for the first 15 days. For these 15 days we dint know if my father and his crew was alive, we dint know where they were being taken. We dint know which part of the sea they were in… we did know that no one could reach there and if something was to happen we will never know what happened. To live in the anticipation of news that could either completely destroy you or bring you back to life, has been by far the worse experience of my life. The level of anxiety is so profound that it transcends every form of physical pain. Finally after 15 days, we got the news that the ship has reached Somalia and the owner of the ship has received a call from the pirates with a huge ransom demand. This finally brought us news that my father and the crew were alive. Obviously the owner refused to pay. Who would pay millions of dollars for a ship worth nothing now?

As a negotiation tactic, the pirates cut off communication with the owner. For the next 3 months we made desperate attempts to find out the condition of the crew, if they were being fed , the treatment they were being subjected to. The numerous biographies of pirate hostages, the degrading and tormenting treatment depicted in these interviews and on top of that my vivid imagination left me nowhere. I thought my brain and heart , both, might burst. I stopped reading these articles and just decided to resort to pray to Allah for my father’s safe return. It’s one thing to see your flesh and blood suffer and be there for them, just far worse to know all the torturous things that are happening them and not even be able to be there for them.

When the pirates knew their threats and calls to the owner of the ship were failing, their next tool was emotional black mail. The placed their first call to my mother in Karachi. My mother lived in Karachi alone in the absence of my kidnapped father. My father had been further kidnapped from the ship and taken to a jungle where he was put on gun point while these pirates gave threat calls to my mother saying if the ransom won’t be paid up, they will shoot him. Obviously my mother became hysterical with no family member around at that moment to give her comfort. She told the pirates she will seek help , she will beg , do whatever, but ‘please don’t kill my husband’. Along this entire ordeal, constant efforts were being made by my mother on every level to obtain any possible help, be it from the government, NGOs , friends, family. She left no stone unturned but nothing came out of it.

(pic: Nareman with her father)

A week later the pirates called my mother and informed her that they had shot my father. It was the end of the world for her. She then decided that she will not believe this news(except the ship owner) until it was verified by a 3rd source. She continued to pray to Allah that this was a lie. Once again for the next 3 months, there was no call, no communication, no stray of hope that those on this ship were alive.

At the end of the 3rd month, my mother received a call from the ship owner. News was that the crew were alive and if an offer was not made soon this time , they really would kill someone.

Upon my mothers desperate pursual, a kind man named Ahmed Chinoy (Head of Pakistan Citizens-Police Liaison Committee) decided to help us with the negotiation process. We begged the pirates to not harm anyone and negotiate with us on a reasonable basis and a solution that was acceptable and realistic for both parties. It has been four months since these talks have been ongoing. After 10 and a half months of guarding the ship , the pirates are now desperate to see their millions. We have been given a deadline to raise the ransom otherwise they will start shooting crew members.

The most recent information was received from reliable sources was this that the ship crew are in feeble physical state, due to lack of clean drinking water , extreme shortage of food and physical torment . They need to be rescued and cannot continue to survive in these living conditions. We have tried every possible way in the past 10 and a half months but the company has refused to pay ransom and no intervention has come from government authorities as far as ransom collection is concerned. As our last resort we are raising ransom through donations to release our loved ones.

Every day is a struggle without them and every second a prayer for their return. May you never experience what we are going through and God continue to keep your loved ones safe in front of your eyes.The pirates ransom demands are high and our means scarce. We are now convinced that if ransom is not raised the repercussions will be beyond our repair.As per the most recent news on the condition of the ship crew, the physical state of the crew is deteriorated drastically. There has been extreme shortage of water and food and some of the crew members are critically sick. No Medical care is given to the sick crew .

We need your help for the sake of humanity. We need funds and donations to offer the pirates some amount for release of the crew. Please help us.
Nareman Jawaid

Daughter of Captain Jawaid Saleem

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25 responses to “Families Desperate Appeal

  1. Yes , They Will Definitely Save And 18 Crore People Of Pakistan Demand The Action And The Death Warrant Of The Somalian Sea Pirates And The 18 Crore People Demand The Orders To The Armed Forces Of Pakistan To Take Action Against The Somalian Sea Pirates And Issue The Death Warrants To The Armed Forces Of Pakistan. This Is The Last And The Final Decision From 18 Crore People Of Pakistan.

    • Dear Syed:
      I was moved by little Allah calls us to have patience during moments of difficulty. The phenomenon of piracy is complex and hard to understand. Very few Somalis are pirates (out of the estimated 9 million Somalis, only 3,000 are pirates of which 1800 are languishing in jail or going through judicial processes in a number of nations including in Somalia) and my people , like your people are predominantly fundamental Sunni muslims, who totally condemn piracy. In Puntland alone, close to 300 pirates have been arrested by Somali security forces, parents and community elders. However, it will take time to clear away this mess which is a result of anger, poverty and agitation from common folk irked or even victimized by symptoms of civil strife like illegal fishing, toxic waste dumping, murder on the high seas and human trafficking aboard foreign vessels flying flags of convenience. I am in the forefront of a communication campaign and will spread the message to the good elders and Sheikhs from my State of Puntland, Somalia.
      However, my dear brother, killing Somali pirates , will start something that will never stop (a tradition of blood feuds or rather revenge killings which is a compensatory traditional norm in my culture.
      Incitement is not a wise thing to do. Let us look for viable solutions in the tradition of Islam (Sulh).
      Wabillaahi Towfiq.
      PS: Any details on the whereabouts of the ship, will help me target the right audience to address in the appeal for the release of the hostages on the MV Albedo. My sincere apologies and best wishes.

  2. Saman Fatima

    My husband is in the Merchant Navy so I can understand the turmoil the families would be in. Its very hard to see someone you love go away for months and months esp in piracy zones. May Allah grant you the strength to cope with this. I hope and pray that all the crew returns home safely, insha Allah and ameen.

  3. Hina

    May I know what is the status of funds now?

  4. Tanveer

    I have all my sympathies with you dear, may Allah Almighty grant you and your family strength and audacity to endure this dreadful time. I appeal to people of Pakistan to come forward and fully support the hapless people held hostage and their wretched families. And thanks Neelum for reminding us of our forgotten obligations.

  5. Iam very sorry that this family has to endure the uncertainty of a hostage crisis. I have just seen this article and will share it with the Imams and elders in Somalia. This is against the Islamic doctrine of brotherhood and humanity. I will keep you all in my prayers. May Allah guide you on a straight path.

    Sakaria
    Garowe

  6. Uzma Maroof

    May Allah SWT give more strength to these families , may there loved one’s return safely… and May Allah SWT give guidance to these pirates. Ameen.

  7. I wish they all return home safe very soon. feel very sorry about their families..

  8. We should be be sorry for that, but we must have to create a bank account to help these people if blood relative father/son/mother/wife/daughter from the captured person may take such a step we all will contribute and may ask our friends to donate in that fund. my contact no is 0345-5295026 email is maminrathore@hotmail.com

  9. I was very shocked to know that there was any indian also in the crew, we never heared this news in our news medias, any way we feel very sorry for the hostage crew mambers,and request you to tell what we can do for you. jitendra sharma ahmedabad

    • Hi thank u for contacting us. Wud appreciate if u cud spread the story thru blogs, fb twitter. Any means available. This needs to be spoken about. Also for the plight of the Indian crew members family who’s young son has died

  10. humaira

    hi its huma from Canada,its really really said i know its been very difficult time for all your family member and i wish and pray for your father and other crew member for safe retain.

  11. Usman khalid

    I can just say that we cant explain their feelings all we can do is we can remember them in all our prayers GOD BLESS THEM!!!=(

  12. Just deposited a cheque in NIB bank. May Allah help you and everyone in distress

  13. I am from Media and I am contiously Running stories about MV albedo..and abducted Families I m sure we will do this and all abducted will be safly at home..

  14. Beware that the need of people to you is among the blessings of God to you. So do not scare away the needy people when they come to you, as the God’s blessings will return and go elsewhere. -Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS)

  15. LUBNA SHEHZAD

    MAY ALLAH HELP THEM…INSHALLAH ALL ABDUCTED WILL BE COME BACK SAFELY AT THEIR HOME..AAMEEN ALL PRAYS WITH THEM..

  16. INSHALLAH The Crew of Mv albedo will return soon, Lets hope and pray..!!!

  17. abid

    May ALLAH help them all return home safe and sound, AMEEN!

  18. Anonymous

    i,m also in merchant navy my last ship MSC JEANNE several times touch mombasa port across through somailian coast, our company provide us armed guards on board for crew safety.

  19. Anonymous

    May Allah protect them and reunite them with their families, Ameen.

  20. Muhammad Farhan

    We all pray for the release of all the prisoners,
    I would like to know the current situation about the release because its 15th May and today was the deadline

  21. Shabilah

    Sweet girl, We are all with you, The nation is praying and May Allah reward every one who is taking part in this noble deed trying in any ways to help the ones in distress.
    My maternal uncle is in Merchant Navy as a marine engineer, and he is dear to me he is both mum n dad to me ,so I can very well understand the distress call of those in peril on the sea… but believe in Allah, we are a great Ummah and a great nation alhamdulilah and Allah shall not let us down ur family will meet ur loved ones Ameen have faith.

    As for the pirates the area round africa and most other International waters of countries round africa europe and america are guarded by the Naval forces of US and British and many other european countries…. I am not pin pointing but how come only asian ships get hijacked????… cant be with out the guardian over looking perhaps on purpose perhaps they have a share…. Pakistan Navy should operate and end up these evil once and for all !
    This should be done oncce our people are bought in home safely , I heard there are round 11 or more ships with our people aboard them who are held hostage in the hands of these merciless pirates… weired the navy ships in these waters still over look them who are supposed to be guarding the international waters. Pakistan Govt and Pak Navy should look into the matter and it should be raised in U.N.

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