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Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Jul 2019, 06:31

Ordeal of Kenyans 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel.. Lie




Fifteen Kenyan fishermen are stuck on a vessel owned by a Somali fishing company forced to work under gunpoint without pay, seafarers lobby has said.

The group is desperately calling out for help to return home, East Africa International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) officer Betty Makena told the Nation.

According to Ms Makena, the fishermen, who were hired by an unlicensed agent in Mombasa in April this year, are working in deplorable conditions and living and sleeping in the open.

She added that from pictures and information she has received, many of them are injured and have not received medical care.

The fishermen claim the employer is forcing them to work for long hours and that those who resist are threatened with a gun.

RECRUITMENT

In documents seen by the Nation, 13 fishermen were hired by Seaport Operations Limited on April 16, 2019 and proceeded to Somalia where they joined other two Kenyans who had been recruited earlier.

Ms Makena says she received a distress call regarding the fishermen working in the vessel named FV Marwan 1 operating in Somali waters.

“The fishermen got my contact from some of their colleagues who they interact with and sent me the details and the pictures on their sufferings. Majority of them are sick and they need urgent medical attention,” said Ms Makena.

She said according to documents she has received on their employment terms, Somlink Fisheries Investment, the company that owns the fishing vessel, had agreed to pay the fishers Sh26,000 monthly. However, she adds, they are yet to receive any payment since they left Mombasa in April.

“The payment is below average as according to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) labour convention which calls for an average of Sh90,000 per month,” said the ITF officer, adding that Somalia being a conflict zone a special allowance was needed.

RESCUE PLAN

Ms Makena said the seafarers lobby has contacted the Kenyan government to rescue the group.

“We understand the ship will be heading to the Djibouti fish landing site and we hope to make contacts to ensure the crew is rescued there,” she said.

She said efforts to meet he recruiting agent have proved futile after the company decline their requests.

“We have contacted Seaport Operations Limited who recruited the fishermen before handing them over to the Somali fishing vessel owner and they have refused to meet us and our investigation reveal they do not have physical office,” she said.

Seaport Operations Limited is not listed among the five agencies licensed to recruit and place maritime workers on behalf of the Kenya Maritime Authority.

ILLEGAL OPERATIONS

KMA lists Mombasa Ocean Agency, Alpha Logistics, Diverse Shipping Limited, East Africa Deep Fishing Limited and MSC Shipping Management Agency as companies authorised to recruit seafarers.

The Kenya Seafarers Union (KSU) secretary general Stephen Owaki also confirmed the agent did not follow required procedures of as it did not deposit the names of those it recruited with the union.

“Any seafarer recruiting agent after admitting maritime workers are required by law to submit the list of those recruited with KMA and KSU but on this case we did not receive any communication from the agent,” said Mr Owaki.

The incident has come to the fore at a time when Kenya and Somalia have frosty relations over the maritime border dispute that is before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.


https://www.nation.co.ke/news/15-Kenyan ... index.html
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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Jul 2019, 06:36

The long term plan is for Kenya to own shipping vessels to give Kenyan youth jobs.
lol okay, we will see, corrupted and doomed kenya.



The vessel has other foreigners who are also complaining.
That is a big lie, Oromo are hard workers!

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/coa ... ng-vessel/


The Somali fishing industry employs around 3700 Oromo men.

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by Hawdian » 14 Jul 2019, 07:03

The Galla pests are all over our lands bringing with them begging culture and diseases.

We need to kick them out.

We need to keep them out. I see hundreds walking million miles just to beg.

We need to cut them from our businesses including hawala systems.

In Hargeisa they clean our toilets whenever they fill up, they go inside our shyt.

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Jul 2019, 07:31

Hawdian Agame, what's wrong with you?

please go spend your time and energy on something more useful than Galla this Galla that, Oromo are part and parcel of Somali society.

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by Hawdian » 15 Jul 2019, 00:27

Galla are not part of us. Please don't insult us.

We used to catch them like rabbits.

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Aug 2019, 13:04

Parents of Thai 'fishing slaves' off Somalia seek govt help


Thai fishermen on one of two trawlers off Somalia are waiting for help from the government to bring them home.


BURI RAM/BANGKOK: The mothers of two fishing crew members -- unpaid and short of food and water -- on two trawlers off the Somalian coast have turned to the government to bring their sons home.

Nareerat Numnuansri on Sunday called for government help to end the plight of her son, Sitthichai, who is one of 50 Thai fishermen desperately waiting for the rescue.

"I never expected my son to be in such poor circumstances," she said at her home in Lahan Sai district of Buri Ram province after watching an image showing her son and other friends on the boats.

Mrs Nareerat said her son decided to go to Somalia — his first overseas job — due to an attractive salary that would support the family.

The Thai fishermen worked on the Wadani 1 and Wadani 2 boats now off the Bosaso coast of Somalia.

Their plight came to light when Chingchai Chararum, also from Lahan Sai, made a video call to Ongkaratch Saiphan, his friend from the same village of Ban Khon Mai who works on Phuket island, to help him and his colleagues.

"They're not being paid. The boats are running out of gas and food," Mr Ongkaratch said. There are about 50 Thais on the boats and another 10 from other countries, he added.


The fishermen cook on the boat but are running out of food and other supplies, including fresh water.


The Thai embassy in Kenya, which also oversees Somalia, reported earlier that their wages were overdue but the employer gave part of the payments on Friday.

Mrs Jeerapha said she was very worried about her son, Chingchai, about the lack of food and water and his safety. "I just want my son to come home safe. I don't care about the money," she said.

The fishing boat crew members are working under a two-year contract with an Iranian employer starting from Oct 27 last year, according to Labour Ministry information. They have not received wages for four months and 17 of them have complained about their miserable condtions on social media, the ministry added.

The embassy said the fishermen insisted on their return to Thailand after receiving part of their wages.

Mrs Jeerapha said a job recruiter had approached her son at the village to work in Somalia, promising 15,000 baht a month. He left for the African country with 12 other friends from the same village.

The embassy said earlier that they fished in Iran before entering Somalian waters.

Labour Minister M.R. Chatu Mongkol Sonakul on Sunday ordered the chiefs of the provincial labour offices and provincial employment offices to meet the families of the fishermen to ease their fears about the safety of their sons.

The minister said the government is trying to secure their return from Somalia.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -govt-help

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Aug 2019, 13:10

Stranded fishing crew arrives back home


Eighteen Thai crew members rescued from a fishing boat off Somalia arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport Monday morning. The crew were left stranded on board until one of them managed to contact a friend in Thailand. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul


Some of the 18 Thai crew members rescued from a stricken vessel found drifting without fuel off the coast of Somalia have insisted that crew broker Nithiwat Thiranantakul -- their employer -- had encouraged them to work overseas but later failed to pay their salaries.

All of the 18 workers arrived in Thailand Monday morning after being rescued by Thai authorities from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour, and the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre last week.

Thanakon Chararam, 36, from Buri Ram, who made a video call to a friend in Thailand requesting help while stranded on the Wadani 1 vessel, said Mr Nithiwat -- also known as Hia Chang or Sia Chang -- had sent men to recruit him and other workers to work on the fishing vessel.

The video call, which was recorded and subsequently posted on social media made headlines and prompted efforts to rescue the crew.

While stranded on the vessel, there was insufficient food for all the crew. As a result, we had to rely on fish caught every day, Mr Thanakon said.

Fortunately, there was sufficient fresh water for consumption, he added.

Mr Nithiwat had prepared all the travel documents and seaman's books for him and all the other workers before they went to Somalia.


Narirat Somrup embraces her son, Chairat Somrup, on his return to Thailand yesterday after being rescued along with 17 other Thai workers from the fishing vessel off Somalia. Apichit Jinakul

All the workers were also paid a sum of money by the broker without any charge before they flew out, Mr Thanakon said, who has previously worked on a fishing vessel in Somalia.

Although Mr Thanakon was paid 5,000 baht on two separate occasions, he never received the monthly salary of 15,000 baht as promised. Besides monetary problems, he insisted there was no other violation in the rights of the workers nor was any threat of physical violence used against them.

Mr Thanakon added that the partial salary payments were transferred to his family's bank account.

The employer had vowed to pay him the rest of the money after he sold the fish caught by the fishing vessel, he said.

At the start of the trip, a total of 22 Thai crew members were sent to work on the vessel, however, four had returned early to Thailand, including a sick worker.

Besides the Thai workers, there were three Somalian fish-sorters and six Somalian security guards assigned to work on the boat, he added.

There were another 20 Thai workers sent to work on a different fishing vessel in Somalia, Wadani 2, without permission by Thai labour authorities, he said.

As of last week, the Wadani 2 was seen in Omani waters and was set to sail to Iran.

The Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre reported that the vessels had been sold to an Iranian operator in 2015 and the Marine Department had excluded them from its list of Thai boats.

Another worker, Thanawat Chaengwet, 37, from Phetchabun, said he decided to go to work in Somalia because he trusted a friend who claimed to have earned very good money from a similar work contract with Hia Chang about four years ago.

Hia Chang will likely face charges for providing a job placement service without a licence, which may result in a jail term of three to 10 years or a fine of between 60,000 baht and 200,000 baht, said an informed source.

Mr Thanawat said the vessel had sold fish twice in Somalia before. He had received 45,000 baht from Hia Chang but was still waiting for another 140,000 baht under the contract.

He had urged the employer to speed up payment to workers.

Last week, Hia Chang told a Thai-language newspaper that he was unable to pay the workers' salaries because seven cargo containers of fish sent from Somalia had yet to pass an inspection by the Fisheries Department.

Meanwhile, the department said there was a requirement to submit proof that imported fish was acquired legally.

Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul said the ministry will closely monitor labour problems in the fishing industry as more of these types of cases are likely to emerge in the future.

Before Thailand began implementing stringent legal measures against illegal, unreported and unregistered (IUU) fishing, there were approximately 30,000 registered Thai fishing trawlers.
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -back-home

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Aug 2019, 13:15

Last week, Hia Chang told a Thai-language newspaper that he was unable to pay the workers' salaries because seven cargo containers of fish sent from Somalia had yet to pass an inspection by the Fisheries Department.
European, Arabs and Asian fishing fleet plundering Somali ocean, poor Somalia. :x

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Re: Ordeal of Kenyans and Ethiopians 'slaving' on Somali fishing vessel

Post by AbyssiniaLady » 14 Aug 2019, 13:40

How UAE is illegally fishing in Somali waters

Middle East Observer has exclusively obtained a video clip that shows a UAE vessel while fishing in Somali territorial waters.

https://www.middleeastobserver.org/2018/01/12/40406/

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