HOLD: Somalias pirates : Another ill-fated youngsters
Garowe, Puntland, Somalia
July 11, 2011 08:24 pm EDT
Social Issue, Social Issues, Crime, Law And Justice, Crime, Economy, Business And Finance, Transport, Waterway And Maritime Transport
by Mohamed Shiil
Special to All Headline News
A professional fisherman in Garowe, Jama Heyraanthe capital of the Semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland said “Everybody moved into the ocean, the youngsters has abandoned fishing ,just looking after for vessels, everybody become a pirate”
Jama Heyraan revealed that he has not gone fishing at all during the last two years. “Actually, I am from the land where piracy has prompted and in the recent few years my life and the life of the residents in my hometown of Eyl, drastically changed, booming towns..new luxury cars, money..new apartments...it is impressive,” said Heyraan.
Heyraan revealed that two of his sons were invoived in piracy activities .
“My elder son acquired a lot of money from piracy especially the Saudi tanker, he was engaged in the hijack of at least three vessels, he later procured three luxury vehicles, those known as 'Leyla Alawi,' and had set up a big commercial site for the family but he transferred almost all the money for Khat, [a stimulant chewed by Somali men] and fuel he spent during the hijack,” said Heyraan.
The most surprising thing is what people used to say, that most of the ransom paid to the pirates goes to repay investors who front money for supplies used during the hijacking. .
Before launching an attack on vessels passing near the Somalia coastline and the Gulf of Aden, pirates in their small speed boats take along additional fuel and food supplies.
Investors provide for the hijackers whatever they need during the hijacking, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and even women but after the hijacking they demand a hundred-fold return on their investments.
Heyraan said that his oldest son paid $340,000 for Khat and $500,000 for fuel.
“Investors take advantage of pirates and businessmen on the ground," Heyraan complained.
While in action, pirates use Thuraya satellite telephones, which are expensive and also hire translators’ for ransom mediation and even when talking to the media.
A desperate young man, speaking in condition of anonymity to Somalia Report, said that he used to be a pirate, taking pleasure in the city of Garowe with a brand new luxury car, two young girls and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stuffing his pockets.
However he revealed that he wasted the ill-gotten money and is now empty-handed and every penny from piracy was gone.
“It is devil’s wealth, money obtained from piracy has no use at all,” the man said.
“I had got a lot of it, but I don’t know where it has gone, and the other pirates are the same as I am, easy come , easy go...it is true,” he added.
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