Feb 12, 2013

From "As It Is"(VOA Special English News Program) 2

The days of tall ship and white sails in the winds are gone. But piracy remains a problem in many places. The International Maritime Bureau says the gulf of Guinea now has some of the most dangerous waters in the world. Jerry Watson tells us more.

The IMB says there were 27 attacks in Nigerian waters last year. Only ten attacks were reported the year before. That makes the area the second most dangerous waterway for shippers after the coast of Somalia. The Somali area had a big decrease in pirate attacks last year. Still almost 70 attacks took place in 2012.

The director of International Maritime Bureau, Pottengal Mukundan, says in attacks of Somalia, for example, people are held a hostage for money. In West Africa, pirates take the cargoes on the ships. the goods that ships are carrying. 

"The most serious cases are those in which tankers-product tankers are hijacked in order to steal a part of the cargo. 

This theft of cargoes takes about 7 to 10 days. Then the ship and its crew are freed. Mr. Mukundan says this does not mean the piracy's victims in West Africa are always safe. Still, he says, officials can stop such attacks without threatening the crew. And he says pirate boats can be found from air without too much difficulty. 

The International Maritime Bureau blames increase in piracy on the lack of naval resources in the gulf. But some local people in Nigeria say growing discontent in the oil-rich Niger Delta causes piracy. 

Jackson Timiyan has a national group for young people in Niger Delta. He says young men become pirates because of their poor, and have no jobs. But poverty may not be the only cause of piracy. During the past 10 years, local armed group have attacked foreign and government oil interest. They demanded a share of wealth. The uprising ended with government giving amnesty to tens of thousand of militants.  

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My thought/opinion on this issue
I have learned the term, "Niger Delta" through this program. There are several place in Africa where oil-rich places have caused conflicts, such as Southern Sudan. I am sorry that "interest" leads "violence".

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