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It is usually movies that we watch and see piracy in full effect. Unfortunately, it is a real life tragedy that affects people who try to earn an honest bread. I can never fathom how pirates think prior to robbing vessels or kidnapping people. What is their main purpose? One may ask. Their main purpose is to literally terrorize people. It may be shocking to you if I were to tell you that these group of people make up an entire organization that is funded to carry out their detrimental functions. While the place or organizations where their funding comes from are not usually published, it seems as if they are getting a lump sum of money to actively carry out their functions. Do you think there is a solution to end piracy?

Recently there have been a reported case in West Africa where a captain and his crew were kidnapped by about a dozen pirates who were in a speedboat. Of course, West Africa is known for being involved in piracy. The million-dollar question is whether or not there has been any investigation on the matter, being that this is not the first time crews have been kidnapped in West Africa? I guess not. CNN conducted an interview with a captain who was held hostage, who stated that these people are well trained and there was nothing that the crew could do to prevent themselves from being held hostage. However, he is happy that after they were robbed, their lives were speared.

“Maritime piracy has become a political issue, unfortunately, as governments of certain countries are unable or not willing to extend their control over various groups of pirates who manage to procure arms and ammunition without much difficulty,” said Amar Singh Thakur, MUI’s general secretary. The problem had become even worse with a rise in piracy during the coronavirus pandemic, the union said. The only way piracy can be stopped is if governments work in tandem with border security agencies and other investigative organizations to find out where these groups are developed and funded. A thorough research has to be done in order to mitigate the constant issue crews face with pirates.

By: Jerome Morant

Jerome Morant is a 23-year old youth influencer and international maritime enthusiast from Clarendon, Jamaica. He holds an undergraduate degree in Customs Processes, Freight Forwarding and Immigration from the Caribbean Maritime University. He is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications at the University of the West Indies.


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