Freed hostage recounts ordeal

MV Albedo hostage talks about his time in captivity.

Colleague shot dead, nails pulled out… freed sailor recounts ordeal


From an early age, the glamour of the merchant navy charmed Aman Sharma. So, when he joined the trade he was fully aware of the hard slog ahead. But no amount of ambition had prepared Aman for the ordeal that awaited him when he embarked on his maiden voyage.

In November 2010, Aman was sailing on the ML Albedo along with a 23-member crew, when the vessel was hijacked near the Gulf of Eden by Somali pirates. Aman was barely 19 then. After several diplomatic efforts, the Indian government managed to secure his release in June, with the help of United Nations mediators, after almost four years in captivity.

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