Home | Contact us | Links | Archives

Gentleman Pirates Cause Mass Starvation‎
ISSUE 207
Front Page
Index

Headlines

Saying A Totalitarian Government Was Preferable ‎To Anarchy, Yemen’s President Saleh Pays Tribute ‎To Siyad Barre For Safeguarding Somali Unity

Eviction Order By Hargeysa’s Mayor Puts ‎Hundreds Of Vegetables Sellers Out Of Business

A Flashpoint For Violence Plans To Relocate ‎Hargeysa’s Slaughterhouse‎

BACK TO AFRICA‎

Somalia’s Islamists‎

The Surud Mountain Forests In Somaliland

Somaliland FilajTEL: Leading Tele Provider Reduces International ‎Rates‎‎

Three British Hostages Freed In Gaza

Local & Regional Affairs

Noted Somali Writer ‘Sangub’ Charged With Molesting Girl 10 Years Ago

Somaliland Phone Firms Reject US Company Bids‎

Starvation Looms In African Horn

Gentleman Pirates Cause Mass Starvation

US Renews Terror Warning Against Travel To Kenya‎‎

Norway Mulls Camel Farming For Refugees‎‎‎‎‎

Ethiopia: Concerns About Political Trials Of Opposition ‎Activists, Human Rights Defenders And Journalists

Somali Piracy Is Worst In World‎

Editorial
Somali Poetry

International News

Al-Qaida: Iraq Withdrawal Victory For Islam

Mecca Death Toll Rises To 76

Yemen Crude oil exports, Somali Pirates and Sana'a Summit Links

Teachers Learn As They Teach Somalis

Attacks Against UN Personnel Continued Unabated ‎Throughout 2005, UN Staff Union Says‎

Favorable Weather Improves Food Security Situations

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Dusty Foot Philosopher

RP Among Most Dangerous For Journalists In 2005‎‎

Africa Will Progress, The Devil Is In The Type Of Leaders It Gets

The UK To Announce Within Days Whether To Ban Khat

Notice Board

BOOK REVIEW

Opinions

Much To Our Surprise, Hargeysa’s Water Situation Has Improved Under Ali Asad’s Stewardship‎

The Beauty Of Our Time‎

The AU: Time To Remove Obstacles To Somaliland ‎Recognition‎‎‎

When A Dubious Business Deal Is Masqueraded As Government Policy‎

Borrowed Thinking; Flawed Analysis: A Reply To Tani!‎‎

THE FINAL DISMEMBERMENT


The StrategyPage

January 4, 2006: Somali pirates are apparently getting ransoms of   $25,000-$50,000 per ship. And apparently they’ve been careful not to kill anyone. The master of a ship that was recently in their hands was given a very cordial “interview” with some pirate leaders ashore, and reported they appeared very well organized; even had uniforms. Given the actual volume of traffic off the Somali coast, the number of hits hasn’t been very great. The pirates seem to be trying to operate at a level that doesn’t seriously tick off the rest of the world.

But the piracy is having a more serious effect on the two million Somalis threatened with starvation because of drought. Emergency food shipments are now being sent via Djibouti, which means the food will most likely end up in Somaliland and Puntland, rather than where it’s really needed farther south. Overland shipments out of Kenya only reach a few parts of southern Somalia. To try and move the food any farther risks losing most, or all, of it to bandits and warlords.  

Appeals to major naval powers to clear out the pirates have not been answered. This is most likely because such an operation would require shutting down the land bases of the pirates, and no one wants to get involved with more land warfare in Somalia. Thus the most severely affected victims of the pirates will be starving Somalis.

 


Home | Contact us | Links | Archives