MPHRP (The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme) says it will help rehabilitate the Sri Lankan crew of MV Albedo, who returned to Sri Lanka recently.
‚ÄúAfter 1288 days in captivity we are delighted for them and their families after the terrible ordeal and hardship that they have suffered.
At the same time our thoughts are also with the families of the four Sri Lankan seafarers who are reported as missing after the vessel sank in July 2013,‚Äù MPHRP chair, Peter Swift said.
‚ÄúThe generous support of MPHRP‚Äôs partners and friends, together with the extensive groundwork and cooperation of the UNODC and others, helped to facilitate the release of the seven Bangladeshi, two Sri Lankan, one Indian andone Iranian crew members after they had been abandoned by the owner and with no direct support forthcoming from other parties.
The efforts of all those involved in securing their release and safe return are greatly appreciated.‚Äù
Meanwhile MPHRP Acting Programme Director Hennie La Grange said that MPHRP will continue its efforts to facilitate the surviving Albedo crew‚Äôs successful rehabilitation.
‚ÄúThe seafarers will be helped to reunite with their families and to reintegrate in society.
Their complete recovery will entail a return to health after living in squalor for the past three and a half years and a return to gainful employment, hopefully at sea.¬† MPHRP will continue its efforts to facilitate the surviving Albedo crew‚Äôs successful rehabilitation.‚Äù