Arun's story

Many seafarers come from remote villages in their home countries to join vessels. Arun, a native of Jhunjhunu, a small village in the state of Rajasthan, is such a crew member who works as an electrician. He is the sole breadwinner for his family.

arun1Chirag Bahri (left) attended and arranged for Arun’s medical treatment on his return home. His father and elder brother (pictured) thanked MPHRP for the generous help.

Arun was held captive by Somali pirates for around a year. MPHRP was in regular contact with Arun’s family through this period, providing them with advice and moral support.

Arun developed an infection in the neck during captivity and was not able to eat or drink for many days and lost a considerable amount of weight. When he arrived home after his release from captivity, he was immediately admitted to hospital for treatment.

arun2He was later well enough to be able to return home to be with his mother and sister.Roy Paul and Chirag Bahri, from the MPHRP team, visited Arun and arranged for his treatment near his home village. He was very weak and not able to walk or speak with anyone. The doctors diagnosed him with tuberculosis (TB) and the specialist doctors attended to him.

He was discharged from hospital after 12 days. MPHRP covered the full cost of his treatment for the next 3 months and arranged a counselling session for him, and other crew members from his vessel, in Mumbai.

Arun, while thanking MPHRP, said, "I am very grateful to MPHRP for the support provided to me and to my family during the crisis period. The programme has provided excellent care towards seafarers and their families who are affected by piracy."

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