Piracy in Somalia

1881 WordsNov 16, 20138 Pages
Piracy in Somalia Somalia has been dealing with piracy for decades now. Piracy is a major problem in today’s waters, but what exactly is piracy? Piracy is the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea. The piracy epidemic in Somalia is not going to go away overnight. Piracy in Somalia has drastically affected everything about the country. Piracy might now sound like a whole lot of a big deal, but the real fact is, it is a big deal. Solving such an issue as piracy is not an easy task by any means. To solve any issue one must understand the effects of the issue. The effect of Somalian piracy on the shores of Somalia can be fully understood, but it takes, time, patience and hard work. The Somalian pirates have caused untold mayhem on…show more content…
The piracy has contributed to an increase in shipping costs, and impeded delivery the delivery of food shipments. The insurance industry has also been hit hard by the activities of the Somalian pirates. The nations are spending billions of dollars to guard the Somali coastline and providing security to their ships and as well as paying ransoms for their hijacked ships. The people of Somalia have been affected greatly. Not only the people of Somalia but of other countries as well. Somali pirates are responsible for over 199 hostages, and 14 known ships. The Somalian pirates have reaped close to 160 million dollars in ransoms alone. Piracy has made the waters of eastern Africa the bane of international trade threatening sea travel in the region for oil tankers, cargo carriers, cruise ships and private boats. According to International Marine Bureau statistics more than 30 vessels with more than 700 crew members and passengers combined are being held hostage by Somali pirates. One of those hostages Judith Tebbutt was captured in 2011 while on holiday. She and her Husband were on vacation when the island they were staying at was raided by Somalian pirates. They killed her husband almost on sight and took Judith Tebbutt hostage. The Somalian pirates kept Judith for nearly 7 months before she was rescued. When Judith describe her living conditions too Kira Cochrane from “thegaurdian” she was horrified at
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