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Excerpt from Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell

Debbie CalitzDebbie CalitzThe Witness has published an extract from Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell, which Calitz wrote with Ulrike Hill, sharing her story of being kidnapped by Somali pirates.

In this extract Calitz describes how she and her partner, Bruno Pelizzari, who was kidnapped with her, were moved from one hideout to the next, where they were kept in appalling conditions:

“Oh Bruno, I’m so sorry they have done this to you,” I said. “I don’t even know what we have done to them. Why they would do this? It’s not as if we have tried to escape or anything. Maybe we should knock and ask them again to take them off.”

Bruno looked down at his hands and shook his head. “They won’t listen. We already tried that and it didn’t work so what makes you think they will listen to us now?”


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