Piracy in Somalia

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Somali pirates are a growing sub-culture with which Somalia, the United States and the majority of world powers must contend. Piracy off the coast of Somalia within the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa Area of Responsibility adversely influences the region, is of global importance and continues to have a negative effect on U.S. interests. “Fighting piracy is a vital element of the United States' strategic objectives in Somalia, which are to help this stressed nation to regain stability, eliminate terrorism and respond to the humanitarian needs of its people” (U.S. Department of State, 2011). After the collapse of the central government in Somalia during the 1990s, local Somali fishermen took it upon themselves to police the waters through a form of vigilante justice in order to stop over-fishing and illegal dumping by foreigners. Although these fishermen began policing these waters with good intentions, they soon turned to piracy to supplement their lack of income. At the present, many young men practice piracy in order to make easy money and because of the almost non-existent legitimate jobs in Somalia (U.S. Department of State, 2011). Because of this absence of jobs it appears obvious for the foreseeable future that men, especially those in their late teens and early twenties, will continue to do whatever it takes to make ends meet; regardless of the amount of danger they place on themselves or violence they project toward others. Data collected from the 2002 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a World Bank Socio-economic survey indicated that unemployment in Somalia’s urban areas was at 65 percent (UNDP in Somalia, 2011). Although this program is creating some jobs it will never alleviate the majori... ... middle of paper ... .../publication/18376/combating_maritime_piracy.html Hoffman, B. (1998). Inside Terrorism. The New York Times, p. 32. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/h/hoffman-terrorism.html Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and the Response by the United States and International Community. (2011). U.S. Department of State. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.state.gov/t/pm/ppa/piracy/index.htm Terrorism - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (2011). Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorism UNDP Somalia - Jobs for Vulnerable Groups in South Central Somalia. (2011). UNDP Somalia - Home. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from http://www.so.undp.org/index.php/Somalia-Stories/Jobs-for-vulnerable-groups-in-South-Central-Somalia.html
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