Introducing Debbie Calitz: 20 Months of Hostage Hell by Debbie Calitz with Ulrike Hill
New from Penguin, Debbie Calitz: 20 Months of Hostage Hell by Debbie Calitz with Ulrike Hill:
When Debbie Calitz and her partner Bruno Pelizzari set sail from Dar es Salaam in October 2010, they could never have guessed that they would be making a voyage into the depths of hell.
Three days into their journey as crew on board the yacht Choizel, it was captured by Somali pirates who held Calitz and Pelizzari for ransom. For twenty months the pair was made to live in dark rooms while they were moved countless times between different locations and captors who subjected them – but especially Calitz – to untold horrors. Yet Calitz’s spiritual awareness, her sense of humanity and, ironically, her past history of being the victim of abuse, helped her to stay alive as she remained positive in the belief that she and Pelizzari would be rescued.
In this compelling book right from the depths of depravity Calitz reveals the details of their ordeal and their eventual rescue. It is a story of overwhelming courage from a woman who overcame all odds when freedom and dignity were a distant memory.