A UN based arms embargo against Somalia was lifted to help fight Al-Qaeda. Brilliant. A recent UN report analyzed relations between Britain and Somalia claiming continued corruption is the predominant style of government operating there.
The report claims 70-80% of the weapons are being diverted to the open market. The current president Hassan Sheik Mohamud allegedly has an advisor, Musa Haji Mohamed Ganjab, who allegedly conducted arms deals with the militant jihadist group Al-Shabaab. They both deny any relation or role in these accusations. Al-Shabaab merged with Al-Qaeda in 2012 as announced online in a video. It's predecessor, al-Ittihad al-Islami (AIAI), was partly funded by Osama Bin Laden according to the CFR. Al-Shabaab has been behind massacres of non-muslim and blamed for "killed international aid workers, journalists, civilian leaders and African Union peacekeepers." The UN has done nothing to replace the restrictions just ask them to "improve its compliance."
Somalia's corrupt politicians known to support radical jihadists with arms are given guns normally not allowed to them so they can supposedly fight Al-Qaeda. The insanity doesn't stop there, involving nuclear waste dumping offshore and illegal pillaging of their fisheries.
Britain has pledged millions to "rebuild" the country which translates as neo-colonialist meddling to me. Recently a UK-based oil firm received the green light to drill in Somalia.
A little background history on Somalia is useful, as it is for the subjects of any news story. The government collapsed in 1991 opening their shores to some real pirates. Without a coast guard the fisheries have been pillaged by profiteers devastating Somalia livelihoods. Nuclear waste dumped offshore sickening its people. So-called pirates evolved from former fisherman to profit on ransom of 25,000 ships in transit to or from the Gulf of Aden. Those who participate in these ransoms live well and are revered in communities for their large bankrolls. The rate of recruiting and hijackings are accelerating.
Somalia has recently been deemed by UNICEF to have the highest child mortality rate in the world, 180 deaths per 1,000 births as of 2010 and worsening. The UNICEF report states "Six areas in southern Somalia have been declared famine zones." Furthermore, "Even before this current crisis, one in six children was dying before their fifth birthday. ... There is no doubt that Somalia is one of the toughest places for a child to survive.”
So there is some of the real story on what is happening in Somalia. Spread the word that bashing struggling fishermen is absurd.