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Title:Maritime piracy in Africa: the humanitarian dimension
Author:Nincic, DonnaISNI
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic terms:Kenya
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2009.9627538
Abstract:Maritime piracy imposes direct costs on the immediate victims of the attacks - the crews, the ships and their cargoes, and the shipping companies. Merchant seamen may be injured or killed; ships and cargoes stolen, and higher insurance rates and operating costs borne by companies. At the same time, the indirect costs of maritime piracy are substantial, particularly in humanitarian terms. Nowhere is this more true than in Africa. Concerns for Kenya and Tanzania go beyond the impact on humanitarian food distribution networks. Increased piracy on the Tanzanian sea route is jeopardizing commercial shipping in general due to increased costs of operations. In Somalia, maritime piracy impedes the delivery of relief aid necessary to sustain and nourish a substantial part of the population. In Nigeria, piracy threatens the vital fishing industry and regional trade, and along with bunkering, reduces oil revenue and therefore potential financial support for the Delta region. Piracy in Somalia and Nigeria threatens the fragile living conditions of some of the world's poorest people. At the same time, piracy itself has its roots in these fragile economies. Maritime piracy cannot adequately be addressed and eradicated unless it is seen as both a cause of social and economic hardships and an effect of social, political and economic destitution as well. Notes, ref., sum. (p. V-VI). [ASC Leiden abstract]