Drought crisis in the Horn of Africa

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A severe drought is ravaging the Horn of Africa, with at least 17 million people facing hunger across eight countries, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.  The Horn of Africa has been experiencing a recurring drought since 2011. According to the UN, at least 40 percent of the population in Somalia does not have enough …

Keeping Children Out of Piracy

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A first step has been taken to raise awareness of the horrific abuse of children in piracy with the release of a handbook for the maritime security sector. The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative began academic research, in collaboration with Human Rights at Sea, the Dalhousie University Marine Piracy Project and the 100 Series Rules, in 2011. Following on from …

Naval cooperation key to maritime security

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The gathering of navies from around the world to celebrate the Singapore navy’s 50th birthday is testament to Singapore’s strong network of global friendships, which is all the more critical as security challenges have become increasingly transnational, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said yesterday. Noting how multilateral cooperation is key to ensuring a stable maritime order as well as safe …

Location, Location, Location: UAE upping Somalia trade links amidst resurgent piracy threat

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The historical roots of engagement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Somalia harken back centuries to when Arab merchants controlled trade routes circumventing what now constitutes Somalia and the semi-autonomous Somaliland and Puntland regions. In March 2017, word broke that UAE-based heavy hitter DP World was planning to manage and develop a port in Berbera, Somaliland. In addition in …

Philippines: 7 Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrender in Sulu

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Seven more Daesh-linked militants surrendered to government forces in the southern Philippines this week, bringing the number of terrorists who have given themselves up as the military pressed its offensive to 47, the military said Wednesday. The Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu also laid down their high-powered weapons, said Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokeswoman of the military’s Western Mindanao Command. This …

China Burnishes Anti-Piracy Credentials Without Clarifying Possible Use of Lethal Force

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A few weeks ago, I discussed China’s aspirations to burnish its anti-piracy credentials by responding forcefully to the new resurgence in piracy off the Horn of Africa. In at least two incidents in April, Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy vessels, assisted by the Indian Navy in at least one of the two instances, acted as first responders. In the first incident, …

FG unveils N186m maritime security project

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THE Federal Government, yesterday, disclosed a maritime security strategy to combat sea piracy and other criminal activities on the nation’s coastal and territorial waters. The accompanying cost of the implementation is put at N186 million. Speaking at the one day conference on fast-tracking Port Reforms, Minister of Transport,  Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the government decided to move against these criminal …

VOA: EU Force Maintains Pirate Watch Off Somalia

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For the first time in years, piracy has returned to the coast of Somalia, with as many as six incidents reported in the last two months. But the European Union naval force patrolling the region, EU NAVFOR, says it continues to be successful in escorting ships carrying food aid to drought-stricken Somalia. A spokesperson for the EU force, Lieutenant Commander …

CNBC: Somali piracy is back with a $1.7 billion problem after shipping firms lower vigilance

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The economic cost of maritime piracy is increasing once again as Somali pirate networks resume attacks on ships, while kidnapping for ransom becomes a more popular tactic, according to a new report. The State of Maritime Piracy 2016, a new report released Wednesday from NGO group Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), claims the economic cost of piracy caused by groups in …

THE STATE OF MARITIME PIRACY 2016

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East Africa  – Human cost Oceans Beyond Piracy welcomes the efforts of the Hostage Support Partnership (HSP) in releasing the Naham 3 crewmembers, who were held for over 4 ½ years and released on 22 October 2016. Eight crewmembers taken from the Iranian dhow Siraj in 2015 have yet to be released. Piracy and armed robbery in the Western Indian …

VIDEO: Somali piracy uptick a result of lowered vigilance

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MAY 2, 2017 – Pirate networks responsible for the original Somali piracy crisis have sustained themselves through small-scale attacks and involvement in an array of maritime crimes, according to Oceans Beyond Piracy’s annual State of Maritime Piracy report. The recent spate of attacks off the Horn of Africa may point to an elevated risk for a return of piracy, as …

Armed attacks on ships in West African waters rise -report

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Armed attacks on ships in West African waters nearly doubled in 2016, with pirates increasingly focused on kidnapping their crew for ransom off Nigeria’s coast, a report said on Tuesday. A recent spate of attacks off Somalia, meanwhile, may also indicate a resurgence of piracy in East Africa as a result of less vigilance, the Oceans Beyond …

Somali Pirate Sentenced To Life For 2010 Attack On USS Ashland

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Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia, was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for engaging in piracy and committing other offenses pertaining to the attack on the USS Ashland, a U.S. Navy ship, in April 2010.26th April’s announcement was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern …

Nigeria Police arrest ‘member’ of Nigeria Delta Avengers, 10 other kidnap suspects

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The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, has arrested 11 kidnap suspects in Port Harcourt. The suspects include Anthony Pepple, who is also known as “Urban Gorilla” and a suspected member of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group in the Niger Delta responsible for attacks on oil facilities and installations. The Commander of the IRT, Abba Kyari, disclosed this …

General Warns Somali Pirate Actions Spiked In Last Months As Ships Attacked For Food

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General Tom Waldhauser, head of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, has warned that the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia is rising. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the general believes that famine on the mainland will force many desperate Somalis into piracy. Some of the vessels that have been taken under hijacking have had some food and …

Famine Could Be Cause of Uptick in Piracy Off Somalia

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U.S. officials are reluctant to label a recent spike in piracy off the waters of Somalia as a trend. “We’re not ready to say there is a trend there yet, but we’ll continue to watch,” Marine General Thomas Waldhauser said Sunday at a news conference at a military base in the tiny African nation of Djibouti where U.S. Defense Secretary …

Sailor struggles to move on following Abu Sayyaf abduction

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MARAN: It has been almost a month since Abu Sayyaf kidnap victim, Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, was freed after spending more than eight months in captivity, but the 33-year-old is struggling to move on. The father of three, who returned to his hometown in Felda Jengka 7, here, on April 19, wants to spend quality time with his siblings before making …

Eight Tug Crewmembers Kidnapped Off Nigeria

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On 19 Apr morning hours, pirates boarded an unnamed “offshore tug” in the Gulf of Guinea and kidnapped eight crewmembers. According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre, the Nigerian Navy responded to the incident but the attackers managed to escape with their captives. One crewmember was injured in the attack and was evacuated by helicopter.  Source: Maritime Executive