Mission in Kenya aids abandoned crew

picture : Mission chaplain the Revd Ben Humphries with the Lanka Mahapola crew08-03-2013

The Mission to Seafarers in Kenya has come to the aid of an abandoned crew who have been left without food and wages on a cockroach-infested vessel.

The crew of the Lanka Mahapola have been left without pay since October 2012.

"The shipowner has promised money for wages and supplies, but the crew don’t believe him," said the Revd Ben Humphries, the Mission’s Mombasa chaplain.

The company have been given a period of ten days to settle the monies owed to the port and crew or face legal action.

To help them, Ben has worked with the ITF to start the process of getting the stranded seafarers sent home and helping them claim their hard-earned wages.

Ben has also helped provide the crew with emergency supplies.

"We have taken rice, eggs, chicken, fresh potatoes, fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, beetroots, okra, chapatti flour, teabags, tinned tuna, chilli powder, lentils, lemons, bread, sugar, coconuts and candles.

"I hope that this will tide the men over until their wages come through or they are sent home," he said.

The Mission to Seafarers in Mombasa is the only provider of welfare services in the area. Working in the region since 1921, we provide access to communication and recreational facilities, as well as family liaison and counselling services to victims of pirate attack.

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