It is hard to believe that conditions ashore in Somalia could get any worse than they were. They have! the latest famine is in full swing and the Somalian thugs ashore with the AK-47's are robbing and raping their own people as they try to take refuge in Kenya or wherever These are all the same thugs that the Maritime Shipping Companies and Maritime Insurance Companies are paying large sums of money too. Added to this there are appeals each evening - right at dinner time of course - for yet more monies to be raised and paid to these same thugs!!
Besides as the London and spreading U.K. riots have shown there is a lot of social unrest and possible injustice in our own countries. Put your own house in order first before starting to organize the living conditions of Nations who could care less about their own people. Nations who are also telling these same people that those who are coming to help them are colonial imperialists who are going to enslave them and turn them into drug addicts. Remember the Viet Minh propaganda when we first went out to Viet Nam after Dien Bien Phuh and continued by the Vietcong cadres.
Now to add to the seafarers problems the Coast of West Africa is repeating its piracy of the 1980's with attacks at Ports all along the Bight of Biafra and Gulf of Guinea. Like the Horn of Africa on the Coast of East Africa seafarers can expect no assistance from the local Governments who do not even patrol their own Ports.
|Coast of West Africa|
|Real pirate thugs|
SOS: Please remember the 800 of our fellow seafarers held captive off Somalia without help in sight so far.