Svea Atlantic, carrying famine aid, attacked and boarded near the port of Massawa in Eritrea by elements of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF).
On 19 January 1990 the 'Svea Atlantic' set sale for Africa carrying humanitarian aid supplies for the famine stricken in Ethiopia. This report shows the aid cargo being loaded on to the ship at Dublin port ahead of departure on the long journey to Eastern Africa.
The 'Svea Atlantic' was chartered from a Danish company by the charity Concern to bring £2 million and 2,000 tonnes of famine relief supplies to those in need in Ethiopia. The relief included dried milk powder, high energy biscuits, 60,000 blankets, 50 tonnes of soap, 1,000 tents, medicines, concrete and other vital supplies.
The ship was attacked and boarded at the port of Massawa in Eritrea on 12 February by elements of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF). Communication with the ship was lost between the 12 and 19 February when it was released by the EPLF. The EPLF admitted to having off-loaded the cargo.
This episode of Jo-Maxi, presented by Clíona Ní Bhuachalla, was broadcast on 12 February 1990, coincidentally the same day that the ship was seized.