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Pirates of Somaliland (Puntland): “All our fish resources have been exploited…”

Posted on: February 13, 2012

Pirates of Somaliland (Puntland): “All our fish resources have been exploited…”

A popular song in Somalia (Puntland) says:

Ya kale, ya kale oo Somalidu dandeeda kafinkara oo aan aheyn burcaat badhet…” (If not of the pirates, who else think of our critical conditions as Somalis…?)

The States of European Union imposed fishing rights accords among themselves to exploiting fish in Somali territorial water.  Hundred of thousands of fisherman families were denied the basic natural survival foodstuff…

According to UN control group on Somalia, there are at least 7 pirate gangs that capture ships and take hostages for ransom.  These pirate gangs bring home over $40 million yearly.

This amount is a strike comparison to the puny $4 million in development aids provided by England and the US to creating agricultural and animal stock job opportunities.  The entire budget of the Puntland “government” is a miserly $15 million!

Actually, this Puntland government automatically take more than 30% cut on the pirates’ “bounty”

The Somali journalist Mohamed Kadir (pseudoname) wrote:

“One pirate gang “Afweyne“, headed by the 70 year-old Mohamed Hassan and his son Abdi Kadir Abdi, has captured 7 ships in 2009 and pocketed around $8 million, an average of $800,000 per ship.

A young wife of 15 said: “The pirates are our coast guards. For decades our territorial water has been polluted and its quality deteriorating due to foreign fishing ships exploiting our fish resources.  We can no longer survive of fishing.  Our pirates are supervising the illegal activities in our territorial water…”

Abdi is one of 1,500 pirates stretching the Indian Ocian, the Gulf of Aden (Yemen) that links with the Red Sea.  Abdi says:

“Everytime we get hold of a ship, we replenish our livestock in cereals and food…And we are able to purchase goats and cows and khat (a drug green leave shewed mostly in Yemen in the late afternoon for hours on…).  How our people would survive without our activities?”

Anab Farah, 26 year-old, has found a business niche: She cooks 3 meals to prisoners and cash in $400 a month.  Anab is preparing to buy a car soon…

Zeinab Abdi, 58 year-old great grand mother of 4 kids, (all her sons died during the long Somali civil wars), says: “I am very pleased with the better conditions we are enjoying thanks to the pirates largess to our community…”

Jean Ziegler, special UN reporter on food availability, said that the multinational corporations, particularly oil and mining conglomerates, are the main gangs and outlaws in Africa.

For example, Shell has totally polluted the Niger Delta in Nigeria and not paying its dues to the Nigerian government and the Delta provinces. The multinational mining company Gencore (copper) covered 70% of Katanga (Congo) budget in 1982.

Currently, the mining companies are manipulating numbers and data and barely restituting 7% of that budget.

Apparently, pirates’ wealth are raising real estates values in Nairobi (Kenya) three folds.

Note 1: The CD-Rom (Crime.doc) list over 100,000 crime gangs in 187 States.  The list is generated by Interpol.

Note 2: Jean Ziegler published “The Gold of Maniema“, “Lord of crime: The new mafias against democracy”, and “Massive destruction: Geopolitics of famine”…

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