Seafarers are being held hostage by armed gangs of Somali pirates, in appalling conditions, subject to physical and psychological abuse, for many months. Their ships have been hijacked at sea and they are being held for ransoms of millions of dollars. The human cost to seafarers and their families is enormous.However, this epidemic is rooted in deep poverty and longing for economic stability. Many initiatives have been implemented through the United Nations and the EU to help aid in increased security.
But are these approaches sustainable in nations crippled with poverty?
Interestingly, the non profit Fair Fishing has created an organization centered around a sustainable approach to end piracy in the Horn of Africa. By strengthening the local fishery, Fair Fishing works to reduce poverty and help create local employment and income opportunities.