Over the past several years, the pirates of Somalia have enjoyed what might be called a following wind. They operate in a country where government authority is weak and in many areas non-existent. They have the longest coastline of any African country to exploit (3,300 kms), and some of the world’s busiest sea-lanes within easy reach. They have a ready pool of recruits, desperate for a share of the millions that they garner from ransoming merchant ships and their crews. And they have had the time and space to get better at piracy, obtaining faster boats and establishing onshore bases – mostly in northern Somalia.1
Interesting article on piracy in Somalia; BUCSIS Fellow, Candyce Kelshall contributes to this topic. Click here to read the full article.
- Tim Lister and Zain Verjee (2012) Piracy and kidnapping in Somalia, CNN Security Clearance [online] Available from: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/25/piracy-and-kidnapping-in-somalia-a-changing-dynamic/ January 25, 2012. [accessed 26 January 2012]. [↩]