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Freed S. Korean sailor describes 19-month ordeal as living like animal

Freed S. Korean sailor describes 19-month ordeal as living like animal

Describing the ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates for 19 months, a South Korean sailor said Sunday he and his three colleagues lived the lives of caged “animals” and didn’t have access to clean water. The four South Korean crew members of the MT Gemini, a tanker operated by the Singapore-based Glory Ship Management, [...]

After 2 years, Indian seamen still captives of Somali pirates

After 2 years, Indian seamen still captives of Somali pirates

                      The Somali pirates who hijacked Asphalt Venture, an asphalt/bitumen tanker employing Indian crew off the coast of Dar Es Salaam two years ago, continue to hold in captivity seven crew-six officers and one seaman-saying they will not be released until their own men have [...]

Paul And Rachel Chandler, Kidnapped At Sea By Somali Pirates, To Set Sail Again On Same Yacht

Paul And Rachel Chandler, Kidnapped At Sea By Somali Pirates, To Set Sail Again On Same Yacht

Paul and Rachel Chandler are severely testing the old saw about getting back on the horse. Kidnapped at sea three years ago and held for 388 days by Somali pirates, the British couple is setting sail again. They depart this week on a six-month voyage to Brazil, aboard the same yacht that carried them into [...]

Analysis: Understanding the piracy problem

By: Paul Ash The term Pirate is today often associated with the illegal use of another’s intellectual property. However, no such revision of the word need take place off the economically destitute coast of Somalia, where the marauding of shipping vessels continues unabated well into the 21st century; this, despite increasingly protective measures taken by [...]

Judith Tebbutt relives kidnap from Kenyan beach resort

Judith Tebbutt relives kidnap from Kenyan beach resort

Judith Tebbutt, the British woman held hostage by Somali pirates for more than six months, has given her first harrowing account of her abduction from a Kenyan beachfront hotel. Recounting the night in detail, the 57-year-old social worker described the moment when she woke to find several gunmen had burst into the grass-woven hut where [...]

Book review: ‘The Pirates of Somalia’

Book review: ‘The Pirates of Somalia’

Review by C.F. Foster In the fall 2008, young Canadian Jay Bahadur, fresh out of college with no clear career choice and wanting to become a journalist but unable to get his foot in the proverbial door, decided to go to one of the most dangerous places on earth to make his mark. His choice: [...]

Somali pirates to start using machine guns

Somali pirates to start using machine guns

Gulf of Aden (Alshahid) -The European Union’s war against Somali pirates is set to escalate, writes Justin Stares. The simultaneous firing of all guns from one side of a ship is better associated with Horatio Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars but, within months, pirates will be firing broadsides from deck-mounted machine guns into freighters transiting [...]

Somalia jails six including 4 Kenyans for ‘pirate ransom’ cash

Somalia jails six including 4 Kenyans for ‘pirate ransom’ cash

Mogadishu (Alshahid) -A Mogadishu court has jailed six foreigners accused of illegally transporting millions of dollars into the country, allegedly to pay ransoms. Speaking to Radio Mogadishu, a state-run broadcaster, Mr. Hashi Elmi Nur, the Chief Judge of the regional court, said that the accused were found guilty and that the American and Briton who [...]

Somali pirates free German ship after ransom paid

Somali pirates free German ship after ransom paid

Mogadishu (Alshahid) -Somali pirates have freed a German-owned cargo ship, seized in April, after they received a ransom, a pirate and maritime source said on Friday. The Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Susan K, and with its crew of 10 Ukrainians and Filipinos, was released on Thursday. “The German cargo ship has now sailed away. We have [...]

Somalia: The hidden cost of piracy

Somalia: The hidden cost of piracy

Mogadishu (Alshahid) - The growth of piracy off the coast of Somalia from an occasional nuisance to shipping into a multi-million-dollar criminal enterprise has another, often deliberately overlooked cost: the worsening violence meted out to thousands of captured crew members. “There definitely has been a change, and we don’t know why,” Pottengal Mukundan, Director of [...]

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