PIRATES OFPIRATES OF
SOMALIASOMALIA
WHERE IS SOMALIA?WHERE IS SOMALIA?
SAUDI ARABIA
Somalia covers
the horn of
Africa on the
continent’s
eastern coast.
The In...
BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND
In 1991, theIn 1991, the
outbreak of civiloutbreak of civil
war in Somalia ledwar in Somalia led
to t...
BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND
Without aWithout a
functional coastfunctional coast
guard, the watersguard, the waters
around Somalia...
BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND
The Somali villagers,The Somali villagers,
whose lifestyle so cruciallywhose lifestyle so crucially
d...
BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND
After capturing a vessel, the pirates would holdAfter capturing a vessel, the pirates would hold
the ...
ADDITIONAL INFOADDITIONAL INFO
 Most Somali pirates do not intend toMost Somali pirates do not intend to
do any harm; the...
ADDITIONAL INFOADDITIONAL INFO
 The high-tech equipment which piratesThe high-tech equipment which pirates
use are funded...
EQUIPMENT USED BYEQUIPMENT USED BY
PIRATESPIRATES
RPGsRPGs
(Rocket-Powered Grenade(Rocket-Powered Grenade
Launchers)Launch...
EQUIPMENT USED BYEQUIPMENT USED BY
PIRATESPIRATES
HOOKS AND ROPESHOOKS AND ROPES
GPSGPS RADIORADIO
MONEY-COUNTING MACHINEM...
NAVY SEALSNAVY SEALS
RESCUERESCUE
On April 13, 2009, after five days of failedOn April 13, 2009, after five days of failed...
NAVY SEALSNAVY SEALS
RESCUERESCUE
The event marked the first time Somali pirates seized anThe event marked the first time ...
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Pirates of Somalia

  1. 1. PIRATES OFPIRATES OF SOMALIASOMALIA
  2. 2. WHERE IS SOMALIA?WHERE IS SOMALIA? SAUDI ARABIA Somalia covers the horn of Africa on the continent’s eastern coast. The Indian Ocean and its waterways separate Somalia from the oil-rich nations of the middle east.
  3. 3. BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND In 1991, theIn 1991, the outbreak of civiloutbreak of civil war in Somalia ledwar in Somalia led to the collapse ofto the collapse of its government inits government in Mogadishu.Mogadishu. With the fall of theWith the fall of the capital came thecapital came the fall of nationalfall of national defense.defense.
  4. 4. BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND Without aWithout a functional coastfunctional coast guard, the watersguard, the waters around Somalia’saround Somalia’s vast borders werevast borders were invaded by foreigninvaded by foreign fishing andfishing and dumping vessels.dumping vessels.
  5. 5. BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND The Somali villagers,The Somali villagers, whose lifestyle so cruciallywhose lifestyle so crucially depended on their fishingdepended on their fishing industry, had no choiceindustry, had no choice but defend themselves.but defend themselves. Fishermen, soldiers, and computer masters alike set out to capture any ship that sailed near their coast. They call themselves vigilantes. We call them pirates.
  6. 6. BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND After capturing a vessel, the pirates would holdAfter capturing a vessel, the pirates would hold the ship for a ransom, usually in the range ofthe ship for a ransom, usually in the range of millions of US dollars.millions of US dollars. However, with such high stakes, profit became a secondary driving force for many Somalis to set out on the high seas.
  7. 7. ADDITIONAL INFOADDITIONAL INFO  Most Somali pirates do not intend toMost Somali pirates do not intend to do any harm; they simply need thedo any harm; they simply need the money to feed themselves and themoney to feed themselves and the impoverished people of their ravagedimpoverished people of their ravaged nation.nation.  About a dozen ships are seized byAbout a dozen ships are seized by pirates at any given time.pirates at any given time.
  8. 8. ADDITIONAL INFOADDITIONAL INFO  The high-tech equipment which piratesThe high-tech equipment which pirates use are funded by Yemen and terroristuse are funded by Yemen and terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda.groups, such as al-Qaeda.  Currently there does not seem to beCurrently there does not seem to be any hope of ending piracy in Somaliany hope of ending piracy in Somali waters.waters.
  9. 9. EQUIPMENT USED BYEQUIPMENT USED BY PIRATESPIRATES RPGsRPGs (Rocket-Powered Grenade(Rocket-Powered Grenade Launchers)Launchers) SPEEDBOATsSPEEDBOATs
  10. 10. EQUIPMENT USED BYEQUIPMENT USED BY PIRATESPIRATES HOOKS AND ROPESHOOKS AND ROPES GPSGPS RADIORADIO MONEY-COUNTING MACHINEMONEY-COUNTING MACHINE
  11. 11. NAVY SEALSNAVY SEALS RESCUERESCUE On April 13, 2009, after five days of failedOn April 13, 2009, after five days of failed negotiation, Navy SEALs snipers were forced tonegotiation, Navy SEALs snipers were forced to shoot at three Somali pirates, one of whom wasshoot at three Somali pirates, one of whom was holding an AK-47 to the back of American captainholding an AK-47 to the back of American captain Richard PhllipsRichard Phllips’ head.
  12. 12. NAVY SEALSNAVY SEALS RESCUERESCUE The event marked the first time Somali pirates seized anThe event marked the first time Somali pirates seized an American vessel.American vessel. The incident was alsoThe incident was also monumental because ofmonumental because of the extreme difficulty ofthe extreme difficulty of the mission– three snipersthe mission– three snipers simultaneouslysimultaneously killedkilled three pirates in thethree pirates in the headhead whilewhile rocking on therocking on the seasea..
  13. 13. FOR MORE INFOFOR MORE INFO FAQ’s About.com The Christian Science Monitor ArticleArticle Somali Pirate InterviewSomali Pirate Interview WikipediaWikipedia

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