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The Human Cost of Somali Piracy

The latest version of the joint study by Oceans Beyond Piracy and the International Maritime Bureau was launched at the International Maritime Organization’s headquarters in London on June 22, 2012 and details the plight of seafarers at the hands of Somali pirates. The report is a combination of information provided by the signatory states to the Declaration Condemning Acts of Violence Against Seafarers, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), and data compiled by OBP. 

3,863 seafarers were fired upon by Somali pirates with assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades

968 seafarers came into close contact with pirates, who managed to board their vessels

413 seafarers were rescued from citadels

1,206 hostages were held captive by Somali pirates

555 seafarers were taken hostage in 2011; 645 hostages were captured in 2010 and remained captive during 2011; 6 tourists and aid workers were kidnapped on land

35 hostages died as a result of pirate captivity in 2011

Average length of captivity was 8 months

Date: June 23, 2012                                                               Read More


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