The modern pirates of West Africa and Somalia are no swashbuckling buccaneers. They are maritime bandits, disrupting some of the world's busiest shipping lanes and costing the global economy billions. Recently, they've stepped up their brutality. What caused this piracy? How can it be stopped? GlobalPost investigates.
It's possible this video stays with you because the song in it is a commercial jingle meant to sell O! Chips. But it's also possible this video's staying power is due to the fact that it features a man in Liberia who made a guitar out of a stick and an empty gasoline can, and then proceeds to serenade us so simply and so beautifully.
PORT HARCOURT, Niger Delta, Nigeria — It wasn’t long ago when fighting consumed the swampy mangroves of the Niger Delta, the densely populated region where Nigeria’s crude oil — and vast wealth — originates.
In the early 2000s, thousands of young self-proclaimed freedom fighters protested underdevelopment and disenfranchisement by stealing oil, destroying pipelines and kidnapping for ransom. To address grievances and demilitarize the region, the government granted an amnesty to the militants in 2009, promising them jobs and skills acquisition training.