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13 March 2012 at 16:47 - Posted by Anonymous

Plea for assistance to bring captured South Africans home


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PLEASE FORWARD TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK, IT TAKES 30 SECONDS, LETS BRING THEM HOME

South African yacht crew members Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were captured a year ago (October 2010), by Somali pirates, at the entrance to the Mozambique/ Madagascar Channel.

 

The hostage takers are currently demanding US $4 million for their release.  This amount had been dropped in March 2011, but was raised again after interference with negotiations.

 

Diplomatic attempts by the South African Government, to secure their release have been unsuccessful.

 

Appeal:

Two family members have been taken and are being held in unknown conditions, possibly subject to abuse and/or deprivation. The families are unable to raise anything close to an amount that would be acceptable to the hostage takers and are appealing to the generosity of the public, from all walks of life:

 

Debbie's daughter's status Saturday:

So we reached this day... This dreadful day... My MOM and BRUNO have officially been in Somalia for 500days now.... Held against their will, threatened hungry and alone, and they did NOT do a thing WRONG to be in the position they are in!!! :'( Please - friends -family EVERYONE lets keep standing together, we need to get them out of there!!! SMS "SOS" followed by your name to 38417. (R10.00) We had over 40 000 sms's in an hour almost three weeks ago... LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!! Love and light..

 

Mom and Bruno, hang in there... We will get you home.. be strong.

 

Please assist if you can...

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