Somali piracy down, not out
Lack of attacks doesn’t equal lack of risk.
Somali piracy is down, not out
The pirates who once ruled the seas off Somalia are little more than a memory now, but while they are forgotten they are not gone.
The trial in Paris of seven men accused of killing a French sailor and kidnapping his wife during the height of Somali piracy in 2011 is a reminder of the deadly terror the pirates once spread.
However, experts and former pirates alike warn the scourge may yet return.
“There hasn’t been a proper pirate attack on a commercial vessel in over two years,” said John Steed, Horn of Africa manager for the US-based non-profit Oceans Beyond Piracy. “But the guys haven’t gone away and nothing’s changed on the ground.”
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