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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Daughter of Captain Jawaid Saleem