Newsbrief: Somalia is stealing for survival

by CeLynn Siemons and Alex Thenin
edited Tyler Aragao

(Photo: Latitude News)

A famine occurring in Somalia may be the the cause for an increase in piracy, according to The New York Times.

In the past eight weeks there have been six “pirate related” attacks.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spent a week in Africa and the Middle East. Part of his trip was spent overseeing an important military base in Djibouti. The base is used by the United States to deal with conflict in Yemen and Somalia.

The piracy related incidents were on the decline until this past month when three ships were captured. On one, crew members were forced to lock themselves in a room. Indian and Chinese forces were able to rescue this crew before the Somalian pirates could take over.

“We’re not ready to say there is a trend there yet but we’ll continue to watch,” said Marine General Thomas Waldhauser. He believes the pirates were driven by the famine because these particular ships carried food and oil.

More than 20 million are at risk of dying due to starvation in the next six months in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

One third of the world’s commercial ships travel near the danger zone.

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