SA woman: Somali pirates raped me

2012-07-13 08:40
Debbie Calitz (File, Sapa)

Debbie Calitz (File, Sapa)

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SA hostage couple arrive home

2012-06-28 08:21

South Africans Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari have finally arrived home after their release from captivity by Somali pirates.WATCH

Durban - South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz have been enjoying the sunshine in Durban, gathering their strength and recuperating after their recent rescue from Somali pirates.

They spoke to the Daily News, releasing more details of their horrific 20 months in captivity, during which the couple were kept in a dark room all day, forced to whisper and had nothing to do.

The couple wore the clothes that they had on the day they were captured and for Calitz, this was a bikini and a thin cotton dress, which soon came apart.

Then Calitz was taken away, her bikini was removed and she said, “I was naked all the time.”

Calitz said she was raped by her captors but didn’t want to talk about it.

She did say, however, that she didn’t hate the captors as they were young enough to be her children.

“I can’t hate them. They don’t know any different.”

The couple were apparently planning to write a book about their ordeal.

Read more on:    deborah calitz  |  bruno pelizzari  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  somali pirates

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