Living in captivity

Those who have survived the ordeal, have lived to tell tales of torture and pain.

Living in captivity: Untold stories of Indians held hostage by Somali pirates

Monalisa Das

If and when most Indians think of pirates, their imagination stretches little past the savvy swagger of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. But those who’ve encountered pirates out on the open seas, would tell you that the reality is unimaginably horrific.

Several Indian people working on board commercial ships have been held hostage by pirates. According to the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), over 5,000 seafarers were affected by piracy the world over in 2014. Piracy off Somalian waters has reduced, but is now taking place with increased frequency in West Africa and South East Asian waters.

For those captured, a little bit of hope died every day as the weeks stretched into months and even years. But those who survived the ordeal, have lived to tell tales of torture and pain, which they continue to struggle with long after their return home.

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