Here's a blog post from MAG member and distinguished maritime blogger Manu. Manu's blog is a great place to see true & trenchant commentary about things seamen care about - in this case, ECDIS implementation. Read and enjoy!
Douglas Stevenson of Seamen's Church Institute, who met with members of the MAG last summer, has interviewed three of the MV Iceberg 1 hostages, along with one of the crewmember's sons. The men give powerfully moving accounts of how they were hijacked, what life was like on board, and - equally important - what life was like for their families back home.
The MV Iceberg 1 crewmembers interviewed by SCI are still suffering physical and emotional trauma from the their years in captivity, have been unable to find work at sea or ashore, and are still deeply affected in other ways by their horrific experience. For some, their return home has turned into a new form of suffering. These videos and others in the SCI series on piracy, can also be seen on YouTube.
These videos come to us through the Seaman's Church Institute's Seamen's Voices project; the intent is to interview seafarers to learn their experiences get their points of view. What a brilliant idea - ask the seafarer! We can hope that asking us what our lives are like, and how our problems should be solved, will happen more often in our industry.
Please have a look, share these with your friends, and think about what you - yes, you! - might be able to do to to ease the suffering of piracy victims everywhere, and to keep hijackings from happening in the first place. Add a comment with your ideas below!
Mariners Action Group advocates for the victims of modern piracy, not only off the coast of Somalia but worldwide.