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Turning Somali Pirates into Environmental Defenders

Updated on December 1, 2011

Somalia, an area known for it's ancient history of African culture, from the Kush empire, to egyptian trading networks, to the more recent Chinese involvement from the 1800s until present day over luxuries/basic goods sales. It's also known for it's recent poverty, one of international credibility as a country in desperate need of aid, from food to clothing, deaths by the thousands every week or so. All of this, from poverty to stricken hunger, has caused many men to involve themselves in pirating off the coast of Somalia, to the Southern tip of Africa itself.

This has in effect, caused international coalitions to help drive back the somali pirates, from the United States to Russia, an effort to reduce the unsuitability in the region. If you look deeper however at the reasoning behind the violent growth of pirates in the Somali region, you find that there is hardly any fish on the immediate coastline. This is followed by absolutely no agriculture that is sustainable year round, therefore the citizens of Somalia struggle to live day by day, and so the life of a pirate doesn't seem so bizarre if it feeds your family.

If the international community could as a whole, gather enough scientists to make the changes in bio-engineering, Crops that would normally whither away in bad conditions, would have the R-DNA changes necessary to sustain over the drought seasons. This would in effect allow for a stronger domestic growth, relieving the starvation of the citizens in the region, and with U.N. help, establish a work force capable of managing and protecting the future of the agriculture installments. The fields in theory would span well over fifty miles in each direction, guarded by citizens while tending to plants, all appointed by the U.N. and somali representatives.

Another addition to the solution of a food crisis in Somalia would be to install fish farms, but then the reader would automatically assume that pirates would sabotage such peaceful operations. It is critical then that the reader place him/herself in a pirates view of the situation, "If help were to arrive to give one the food and support for a better country to live in for ones family, would he/she continue to act malicious...? If the country was to fund the pirates to defend such a project in an effort to feed the communities that suffered the lowest standards of living, then solutions could be met on current food shortages.

The present notion of diplomatic affairs with Somalia is such that Muslim extremist groups have begun to delve in current violent affairs and illegal activities not deemed suitable by the small country. Even with aid arriving by the international community, the country as it falls deeper into debt has become a target for influential groups of underworld status that wish to gain a cut of illegal profits. This has become a serious problem, even sparking concerns for all citizens from other countries that wish for access over both land and sea, and casualties have unfortunately kept rising from the violent affairs as of current.

These are all just theories and assumptions into the final decision as to what the solution will be exactly, but the general notion does remain. What is to be done with the struggles and violent self destruction that small groups of extremists and starving citizens are doing to the general wellbeing of Somalia. Something must be done, and the clock is ticking almost twice as fast as it was five years ago, and the refugees are piling on the borders. The question is simply, "What can you do for your future world and generations ahead of you...?".

How important do you think it is to help Somalia with their social issues?

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      Katy 4 years ago

      KarenHello there, I came across your wtibsee in the CNN article that referenced it. Your articles are great, and I enjoyed reading your thoughts about different matters because they often relate to mine. I'm Mexican and my husband is African-American. We have been together for 5 years and married for 1 year. I'm originally from So Cal, but I now live in DC. I def. want to teach my kids how to speak Spanish, and my husband fully supports that. Spanish is such an important part of our culture, and I want my kids to grow up bilingual (heck, I would love for them to speak three languages). My husband can understand Spanish pretty well, and we have been working on his speaking. I haven taken a variety of classes in my undergrad about ethnic identities and multi-culturalism. The way I see the U.S. is not as a melting pot, but as a salad bowl where we have the tomatoes, onions, lettuce, etc (all the different cultures) placed in one bowl and together, yet each is defined. I love meeting people from all over the world and learning about their cultures and customs. I think that's the beauty of America.

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      BakerRambles 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thank you for the information and the link, I appreciate that.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi BakerRambles,

      The question is simply, "What can you do for your future world and generations ahead of you...?".

      I don't have an answer.

      I have quoted from the link below.

      "Obviously a safer and more stable Somalia is the real solution and would make much of this go away. Getting an effective government in place should be the first step"

      So here is an answer of what needs to be done but not how it can be accomplished.