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Fugitive on U.S. most-wanted terror list held by Somalia
03-03-2015

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Piracy is a symptom of Somalia chaos
Piracy has fallen out of the headlines recently as the number of attempted hijackings has dropped. Back in 2009 and 2010, there were incidents weekly or even daily. Now, as The Nationalís report yesterday pointed out, there have been only a handful of attempts this year.
The change is mainly due to increased policing and vigilance. Ships now have armed guards and, in areas known to attract pirates such as the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, extra precautions are taken, such as increasing the shipís speed and keeping a close eye on any vessels approaching or following. The European Union, which has its own anti-piracy force, has also conducted operations against pirate strongholds in Somalia.

But there is little room for complacency. As Mohammed Bisthamy, one of the 11 crew of the hijacked MV Albedo, who spent four years in captivity, told this newspaper, pirates are merely biding their time. They are patient and can wait for a few years until the ship owners get tired of the cost of extra guards and leave their ships defenceless.

Patient, yes. But also desperate. Because behind the criminality of piracy in Somalia lies the context of the nearly complete collapse of a country. Somalia has not been a functioning state across its entire territory since the early 1990s. For years, it has been wracked by conflict, creating widespread poverty and desperation.

It is out of that crucible that piracy emerged. It is merely a symptom of the disintegration of the country as a whole.

Therefore, without fixing the root causes of the problem, piracy is bound to come back, again and again. Indeed, there is sufficient time to fix the problem, there simply needs to be political will. If pirates are willing to lay low for several years before resurfacing, then surely, in that time, the international community can tackle the source of the instability in the country. That is particularly important for this region, both because of shipping and because of historical cultural and trade ties to Somalia.


 
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Fugitive on U.S. most-wanted terror list held by Somalia
03-03-2015

Somali remittances are a matter of life and death
03-03-2015

Al Franken Joins 52 Other Democrats Who Will Skip Netanyahu Speech
03-03-2015

Somalia Detains US Suspect on FBI Watch List
03-03-2015

Georgia judge jails Muslim woman for wearing headscarf to court
02-03-2015

Somali hotel attack victims airlifted to Dubai for treatment
02-03-2015

EAC grapples with high business costs
02-03-2015

Turkey, Kurds Announce Landmark Deal for Peace
02-03-2015

New Alberta-wide Somali TV show will connect community
02-03-2015

Why Kenya-Somalia border wall is not the answer
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