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Friday, December 28, 2007

Somalia: Profits in Piracy and Kidnapping

Somalia: Profits in Piracy and Kidnapping gets noticed at StrategyPage. What you pay for you will get more of...

As in this latest report of aid workers get kidnapped here:
Spanish physician and an Argentine nurse were abducted on December 26. Dr. Mercedes Garcia (51) and Pilar Bouza (26) were on their way to work at a clinic operated by Doctors Without Borders (aka: Medecins Sans Frontieres) near Bossaso in the Puntland region of northern Somalia. According to Madrid-daily ABC, the aid organization has no idea whether their captors are bandits, pirates, or militia.
Of course, if you hire armed escorts, then you are also supporting the same system - the threat of capture drives a variation on the "protection racket" scheme.

Some fun. Fairly low risk for the kidnappers, too.

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