Sunday, April 10, 2011

Somali pirates raise ransom stakes

Three months after he swapped them for a $5.4 million ransom, Budiga the   Pirate still dances a wicked jig in the dreams of the crew of the Marida   Marguerite. On some occasions, sailor Sandeep Dangwal remembers the day   Budiga trussed him up on deck and tortured him. On others, he recalls the   day Budiga stripped the ship's captain naked and forced him into the deep   freeze, or the time a fellow crewman was left to hang by his wrists from a   40-foot mast.
"Budiga was the nastiest pirate devil ever," said Mr Dangwal, 26,   who spent eight months as a hostage. "I still have bad dreams about   that bastard now, and whenever I hear about a new ship being hijacked it   upsets me. I hate to think that other people might suffer what I suffered."
Talking last week from his home outside Delhi, Mr Dangwal is the first sailor   to speak out about a sinister new trend in Somalia'spiracy epidemic, in which the modern-day buccaneers are turning to the   kind of brutality more associated with their medieval predecessors.
While the pirate victims of yesteryear might fear the cat o'nine tails or   walking the plank, today they risk punishments such as being being "cooled"   in a ship's walk-in freezer, "cooked" on a hot metal shipdeck in   the midday sun, or forced to phone a distraught relative while a pirate   fires a Kalashnikov in close earshot.
Previously known for treating hostages relatively well, the pirate gangs have   adopted a new ruthlessness to pressure ship owners into paying ever higher   ransoms, which already total hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
Coupled with figures which show that the number of piracy attacks is still   increasing, the trend has prompted a new level of alarm through the   international maritime world. Leading figures in the British shipping   industry have told The Sunday Telegraph that Western naval forces   must now take far tougher action to prevent the problem "spiralling out   of control".
At the same time, maritime trade unions have warned that their members may   soon refuse to sail through the pirate "high risk" area - which   now covers much of the western Indian Ocean. Such a move would paralyse the   key global shipping route through the Suez Canal, and also threaten oil   supplies from the Persian Gulf.
"It's not just about the seafarers who are unlucky enough to be hijacked,   it is stressful for all sailors who transit through the area, who now face   four or five days in fear of their lives," said Jon Whitlow, of the   International Transport Workers' Federation. "Who would put up with   that in any other line of work?"
Uppermost in the unions' minds is the fate of ships like the Marida   Marguerite, a 13,000 tonne chemical container vessel that was taken last   May. For the first three months, the 22 crew were treated humanely, but as   ransom talks dragged on, the pirates' patience frayed.
"They took me on deck one day and tied my hands and my legs behind my   back for two hours, and also tightened a cable around my genitals,"   said Mr Dangwal, an engine technician. "When I screamed, they tightened   it more."
Others suffered even more. The ship's captain was put naked into the vessel's   freezer with his underwear filled with ice, spending half an hour in   temperatures of minus 17C. When the chief engineer got the same treatment,   and tried running around to keep warm, the pirates hung him from the   freezer's meathook. The sailor who was suspended by his wrists from the   mast, meanwhile, passed out after two hours.
"There was a period when none of us thought we'd come out alive,"   said sailor Dipendra Singh Rathore, 22, a devout Hindu, who was so   distraught that at one point he gave up praying. "I was not personally   beaten much, but hearing what was happening to the others was bad enough."
According to Major General Buster Howes, the British commander of the European   Union Naval Force, there are now "regular manifestations of systematic   torture" by pirate gangs. There has even been one incident of "keelhauling",   a 15th century pirate practice in which sailors are thrown over one side of   a ship and dragged by a rope under the keel to the other.
"It is barbaric," said Bill Box, of Intertanko, the international   association of independent tanker owners. "If they pull the sailor too   quick, he will be ripped apart by the barnacles on the ship's underside, and   if they pull him too slowly, he may drown."
While still confined to a minority of hijack cases, such brutality runs   counter to the pirates' carefully-cultivated image as African "Robin   Hoods". Until now, they have prided themselves on using only the   minimum force necessary, claiming merely to be "taxing" passing   vessels in revenge for foreign poaching of their fish stocks.
One theory is that as foreign navies have tried to crack down on the problem,   the ex-fishermen who originally dominated the piracy game have been replaced   by hardened militiamen, who are also more likely to stand their ground when   confronted. Seven hostages have died this year in stand-offs with the 25-odd   foreign warships patrolling the region, including four American yachters on   the SV   Questin February.
Another evolution in pirate tactics is the use of "mother ships" -   hijacked vessels which allow them to range for hundreds of miles, and which   serve as floating jails for hostages.
Two weeks ago, the Indian Navy launched an attack on another mother ship, a   Mozambican trawler called the Vega 5, arresting some 61 pirates and rescuing   13 hijacked crew members. But up to a dozen others still remain operational,   despite the multi-national fleet knowing where they are. European naval   commanders insist that attacking them carries too much risk of hostages   getting killed, however, such is the threat that the shipping industry says   only a "military solution" is now practical.
"The mother ships represent an industrialisation of piracy, and we have   to find a way of breaking the cycle," said Gavin Simmonds, head of   international policy at the British Chamber of Shipping.
"The military has got to be more robust, as the consequences of leaving   the situation as it is are greater than those of using greater force."
Hijacking figures appear to back the view that the anti-piracy fleet is having   little effect. Last year saw a record 1,016 crew members taken hostage,   compared with 867 in 2009 and 815 in 2008, according to the International   Maritime Bureau.
"The situation has not improved," said Captain Pottengal Mukundan,   director of the bureau's piracy reporting centre. "Random demands are   higher, and they are keeping ships for longer - some have been held for more   than a year."
Some now go as far as to back a "shoot on sight" policy. Jacob   Stolt-Nielsen, a Norwegian shipping magnate, said earlier this year that   history proved it to be the only effective way to police areas as large as   oceans. "I'm just telling it like it is," he said. "The way   to solve the pirate problem is to sink the pirates and their ships."
However, any more "robust" approach would involve Western navies   reassessing their current rules of engagement, which generally allow lethal   force only when they are directly engaged in acts piracy, and which place   some emphasis on pirates' human rights
Not surprisingly, that is a consideration that Mr Dangwal has little time for.   Anything that stops Budiga claiming more victims is justified, he says. "These   aren't pirates, they are terrorists. There should be no mercy."
Colin Freeman's book about his own   abduction in Somalia, "Kidnapped: life as a hostage on   Somalia's pirate coast", will be published by Monday Books in June.
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

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Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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MoS Moments of Silence
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Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
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May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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