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The Pirates of Somalia - Inside Their Hidden World

Jay Bahadur

Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bossaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy. For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent bands of daring, ragtag pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. The capture of the American-crewed cargo ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, the first United States ship to be hijacked in almost two centuries, catapulted the Somali pirates onto prime-time news. Then, with the horrific killing by Somali pirates of four Americans, two of whom had built their dream yacht and were sailing around the world ("And now on to: Angkor Wat! And Burma!" they had written to friends), the United States Navy, Special Operation Forces, FBI, Justice Department, and the world's military forces were put on notice: the Somali seas were now the most perilous in the world. Jay Bahadur, a journalist who dared to make his way into the remote pirate havens of Africa's easternmost country and spend months infiltrating their lives, gives us the first close-up look at the hidden world of the pirates of war-ravaged Somalia. Bahadur's riveting narrative exposé-the first ever-looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages. Bahadur makes sense of the complex and fraught regional politics, the history of Somalia and the self-governing region of Puntland (an autonomous region in northeast Somalia), and the

Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bossaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy. For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent bands of daring, ragtag pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. The capture of the American-crewed cargo ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, the first United States ship to be hijacked in almost two centuries, catapulted the Somali pirates onto prime-time news. Then, with the horrific killing by Somali pirates of four Americans, two of whom had built their dream yacht and were sailing around the world ("And now on to: Angkor Wat! And Burma!" they had written to friends), the United States Navy, Special Operation Forces, FBI, Justice Department, and the world's military forces were put on notice: the Somali seas were now the most perilous in the world. Jay Bahadur, a journalist who dared to make his way into the remote pirate havens of Africa's easternmost country and spend months infiltrating their lives, gives us the first close-up look at the hidden world of the pirates of war-ravaged Somalia. Bahadur's riveting narrative exposé-the first ever-looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages. Bahadur makes sense of the complex and fraught regional politics, the history of Somalia and the self-governing region of Puntland (an autonomous region in northeast Somalia), and the
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Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bossaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy. For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent bands of daring, ragtag pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. The capture of the American-crewed cargo ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, the first United States ship to be hijacked in almost two centuries, catapulted the Somali pirates onto prime-time news. Then, with the horrific killing by Somali pirates of four Americans, two of whom had built their dream yacht and were sailing around the world ("And now on to: Angkor Wat! And Burma!" they had written to friends), the United States Navy, Special Operation Forces, FBI, Justice Department, and the world's military forces were put on notice: the Somali seas were now the most perilous in the world. Jay Bahadur, a journalist who dared to make his way into the remote pirate havens of Africa's easternmost country and spend months infiltrating their lives, gives us the first close-up look at the hidden world of the pirates of war-ravaged Somalia. Bahadur's riveting narrative exposé-the first ever-looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages. Bahadur makes sense of the complex and fraught regional politics, the history of Somalia and the self-governing region of Puntland (an autonomous region in northeast Somalia), and the

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sunil Malhotra

Length:

8h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:46


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:09


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:28