Piracy in Somalia Essay

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Piracy in Somalia has come about due to years of internal fighting and weakened government. With the overthrow of the president in 1991, Somalia has been a complete anarchy with only the laws of rival clans who have been in power. Though long before that the country has been in constant war between the people of the country because money and food have been always been scarce. Small amounts of money have been made through some exports but the real money came from the fishing off the coast. Recently because of the lack of laws commercial fisherman from all over the world have been over-fishing the waters and leaving the Somalis with too few fish to survive. European companies have used this lack of laws as a way to easily dump their…show more content…
There is very little reason for these Somalis to not pirate only the slight fear of being killed, but that hasn’t happened more than once so why wouldn’t they continue? If they don’t pirate they will have a lack of food and become sick. If they do they will get excessive amounts of money, and only having to do it a few times to be set for live “A gang takes people hostage and hopes it will make them millionaires because the government of those hostages will step in and pay the ransom” (The effects of the Somali pirates on aid). There is nothing stopping the pirates if people are just giving them what they want as soon as they ask for it. The pirates have created a unique system that has easily allowed them to continue to pirate with little conflict between one another. The former fishers, military, and technicians have joined together and mutually have all the skills needed to pirate including; difficulties of the navigation and handling ships, weapon and fighting training, and high tech equipment. They happen to be in a spot where lots of cargo ships have to go through as well as Somalis in port cities that tell the pirates when these ships are coming through. The pirates have a good distribution of power and profits and, without a greedy leader, everyone gets paid and no one rebels which could cause the whole system to collapse from the inside. They
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