Anti-piracy group sets up family fund

Fund will assist those affected by piracy.

Anti-piracy group sets target for family fund

DUBAI // A piracy survivor family fund to provide social, medical and psychological assistance to freed hostages and the families of seafarers being held captive by Somali pirates was announced on Tuesday at the end of a two-day meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) in Dubai.

“An important decision was taken to establish a piracy survivor family fund because many who are captured suffer mentally and physically and return traumatised after their long period of absence from home,” said Maciej Popowski, the chairman of the CGPCS.

“We thought the international community should make an effort to offer them assistance, so the fund has been established under the auspices of the contact group. Many delegates made pledges so there will be seed money. We want to have someone in charge to whom these seafarers and their families can turn for assistance and then we can map out what they need. We don’t have a full picture yet but we wanted to start somewhere.”

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