Bruno pelizzari and debbie calitz
Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell by Debbie CalitzWhen 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 Debbie and Bruno 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 Debbie—to untold horrors. Yet Debbie’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 Bruno would be rescued. In this compelling book right from the depths of depravity, Debbie 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.
Debbie and Bruno homecoming
Pirate hostages Pelizzari and Calitz make appeal for own release
Skip to content. Pelizzari and Calitz were grabbed by pirates from Somalia as their yacht sailed toward the Mozambique channel, south of Dar es Salaam, in October A third crew member, skipper Peter Eldridge, refused to leave the yacht and was rescued by the EU anti-piracy taskforce. Their release today was a joint effort between South African, Italian and Somali authorities, officials said. They are now in the hands of the Somali government. South African aid group Gift of the Givers in February said it had received information that Pelizzari and Calitz had been "sold" and moved several times since being kidnapped, the South African Press Association reported.
Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were released on Wednesday, after being held captive for 20 months. The couple is expected to return to South Africa this week and have mentioned no immediate plans for the future. They were abducted while sailing on a yacht off the East African coast in EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward. However, we will NOT condone the following: - Racism including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality - Sexism - Homophobia - Religious intolerance - Cyber bullying - Hate speech - Derogatory language - Comments inciting violence.
A South African couple kidnapped by Somali pirates 20 months ago aboard a yacht in the Indian Ocean have been freed and flown out of Somalia today. Looking thin and stressed, one of the sailors, Bruno Pelizzari, told reporters the release followed a negotiated settlement. The South African government thanked the Somali government and Italy for their roles in securing the release of the couple. Armed pirates hijacked the yacht Choizil in October as it was about to enter the Mozambique channel south of the Tanzanian port city of Dar es Salaam. The sea bandits rerouted the boat north to Somalia where a French warship began tracking it because it was sailing suspiciously close to the coastline. After attempts to contact the yacht failed, the warship launched a boarding team which came under fire from the yacht. The Choizil ran aground, pirates took Pelizzari and Calitz ashore, but the captain refused to leave and was later rescued..
Create Account Lost Your Password?, SOMALI pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz has been arrested in a police drugs raid, allegedly in possession of thousands of rands worth of narcotics. The raid on Calitz's Pretoria home on Friday was almost six months after she and her former long-term partner, Bruno Pelizzari, were released from captivity in Somalia, where they were held for nearly two years.
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Debbie Calitz, survivor of 20 brutal months in Somali pirate captivity, joins The Complimentary Breakfast in studio to share her story. Full interview here. When Debbie Calitz and her partner Bruno Pelizzari set sail from Dar es Salaam in October , 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 Debbie and Bruno for ransom. Time, a poem performed by Sir Laurence Olivier is what Debbie Calitz clung onto in moments of darkness. Stand before me on the sign of infinity, all you of the earth. With the granting of the law of provination comes the application of change.
The payment was made for the release of Bruno Pelizzari, an Italian, and South African Debbie Calitz, who were taken by Somali pirates in and released in The document highlights the contradictions in the international response to kidnapping. Both the US and UK governments refuse to pay ransoms, but other European countries have a more ambiguous approach, routinely making payments while publicly denying it. The Italian government response to the case of Pelizzari and Calitz reflects the confusion and obfuscation. Instead of acknowledging that a ransom had been paid or simply refusing to comment, it deliberately sought to mislead. David Cameron at a Nato summit last year reminded members, who include Italy, of their commitment not to pay ransoms. The document revealing the Italian subterfuge is part of the spy cables cache obtained by the al-Jazeera investigative unit and shared with the Guardian.