The pirates were finally ready to make a deal.
After holding 26 sailors from the Naham 3 hostage for nearly five years, the Somali criminals agreed in August to hand them over to charity Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) in exchange for relatively small compensation. As a first step, they sent the photo above, which shows each hostage holding up a specified code word. As a second step, they signed a contract.
“We got a final proof of life to prove that the crew were alive … then we basically issued them a contract,” said John Steed, who heads the Hostage Support Partners program for OBP.
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