On the eve of European Maritime Day, the international anti-piracy campaign, SOS SaveOurSeafarers, is calling on Europeans to continue to support seafarers and their families in the long, hard fight against Somali piracy.
The campaign is using the EU’s celebration of its seafarers to remind Europeans of the continuing threat faced by the world’s seafarers and their families. Hostages suffer both physically and psychologically while being held for ransom and their families also endure huge anguish.
Alastair Evitt, chairman of SOS SaveOurSeafarers, said:
“Despite the international community’s strenuous efforts to combat piracy, the world’s seafarers continue to face the fear of being attacked in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, while helping to keep world trade moving. Since the launch of the SOS campaign last March, we have played a significant role in increasing awareness and interest worldwide of the realities of Somali piracy.
“Of the 32,149 SOS letters sent from the SOS website to governments worldwide, a significant number of letters have been sent to European governments. We encourage every person in the Europe to support their seafarers and their families on European Maritime Day. Add your voice to our growing campaign via our website, participate in the discussions on the SOS Twitter and Facebook pages,” he said.
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