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Somalia: Piracy not something to be celebrated

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Jolly Roger by **spaceMonkey**
Some may tend to consider piracy something related to copying copyrighted media or perhaps a long-gone lifestyle to be celebrated in Talk Like a Pirate day. In some countries, however, piracy and protection out on sea is a serious and current matter. On today's videos, the World Food Program hires bodyguards to look over their cargo ships as they sail to Somalia to deliver food, and vloggers from Korea and United Arab Emirates speak about piracy in the modern day world.

Rocketboom website's field correspondent Ruud Elmendorp goes along on a ride on a World Food Program Ship and shows us the protection that is necessary for these ships to make it safely to port:

On YouTube, UAE vlogger mankind4ever speaks about the Ukrainian ship containing weapons on their way to Kenya which was kidnapped on it's route by Somali pirates:

VloggerDanismyuncle in South Korea also speaks about the recent kidnapping Somalian pirates perpetrated on a Thai ship, and how after ransom payment, they set their hostages free and then sailed on to commit more crimes:

4 comments

  • It’s good that site’s like this bring issues to light that escape coverage in the mainstream media.

    I think the more attention the problem receives the more that the situation improves.

  • […] Open sea piracy is discussed by different video bloggers who speak on the recent Somalian piracy incidents, and a behind the scenes look at how governments are protecting World Food Program cargo at sea… [link] […]

  • Comments as sent prior to this email will remain in the same truth/idea/sentiment/logic…….as I scan news sources from major media many options are tossed around about how to rid the cargo ships of these sorry group of pirates. I have and will support the ships directive to employ a net of razor wire, to deter these crimes. I enjoyed the US NAVY saying
    the same…to this end, we will endore, we will evolve, we will stand strong, and we will keep the peace. God Bless Us All…………NAVY STRONG!!

    • There are all kinds of high and low technology methods for keeping pirates from scrambling onboard. Some of these are discussed in America.gov’s special feature package on Combating Piracy. See http://www.america.gov/piracy.html

      And you do know that neither the U.S. Navy, nor an international coalition of navies, can really take care of the problem alone.

      Luckily bad weather off Africa is helping keep the number of attacks down for the moment.

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