While many of Somalia’s pirate foot soldiers languish in jail, the kingpins remain at large and have shifted their focus towards more profitable illegal activities.
Despite a peaceful and democratic poll, voting occurred largely along clan lines, perpetuating the politicisation of the clan.
A meeting of the Nile Basin states called by Ugandan President Museveni broke down, a reflection of growing Egyptian-Ethiopian tensions. Egypt meanwhile is boosting military cooperation with Eritrea.
Piracy drove away many illegal fishing vessels from the Horn of Africa. Fishing stocks recovered, even thrived, as the risk of being captured by pirates – who have an especial hatred towards illegal fishing – was so great.
This year’s record crossings compare to just 25,898 in 2006 – when Yemen was not at war and would therefore have been a more “attractive” destination
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