Nine freed hostages ar­rive in China

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@chi­

Nine of the 10 Chi­nese sailors re­leased from cap­tiv­ity by So­mali pi­rates ar­rived in Guangzhou on Tues­day morn­ing, look­ing ex­hausted but happy.

The group, in­clud­ing eight from the Chi­nese main­lan­dan done from Tai­wan, were on their way back to their home­towns, ac­cord­ing to China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion.

“We got very ex­cited as soon as the pi­rates re­leased us. This equals a re­birth,” said a sailor sur­named Fan, from Sichuan prov­ince.

The sailors are ex­pected to need time to re­cover from ail­ments like mal­nour­ish­ment as well as from the or­deal of cap­tiv­ity. They took a pic­ture in the air­port with a ban­ner read­ing: “The home coun­try wel­comes you back.”

Yang Hsiu-hui, the wife of Shen Jui-chang from Tai­wan, said she felt “very happy” to learn her hus­band was re­turn­ing. She trav­eled to Guangzhou to pick him up.

Yang said that when she learned years ago that her hus­band had been kid­napped, she hugged her two daugh­ters and cried, and the chil­dren would cry when they saw a photo of their fa­ther.

Yang thanked the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil and the As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits for their help.

Re­ports say the cou­ple will re­turn to Tai­wan on Wednesday.

A to­tal of 26 sailors, in­clud­ing the 10 Chi­nese, were re­leased by So­mali pi­rates on Satur­day and ar­rived in Kenya on Sun­day.

One Chi­nese sailor re­mained in Kenya for med­i­cal treat­ment, and will re­turn to China after his con­di­tion im­proves, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said in a daily news con­fer­ence on Tues­day.

The pi­rates orig­i­nally cap­tured 29 sailors, in­clud­ing 12 Chi­nese, when they hi­jacked the Oman iflagged fish­ing ves­sel Na­ham 3 in March 2012. Three sailors died — in­clud­ing one from the main­land and one from Tai­wan. One was killed dur­ing the hi­jack­ing and two died from ill­nesses.

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