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The Pirates of Somalia

Inside Their Hidden World
Autor: Jay Bahadur
Sprecher: Sunil Malhotra
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 34 Min.
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Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 B.C. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a 45-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bosaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy.

For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent bands of daring, ragtag pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era.

The capture of the American-crewed cargo ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, the first United States ship to be hijacked in almost two centuries, catapulted the Somali pirates onto prime-time news. Then, with the horrific killing by Somali pirates of four Americans, two of whom had built their dream yacht and were sailing around the world (“And now on to: Angkor Wat! And Burma!” they had written to friends), the United States Navy, Special Operation Forces, FBI, Justice Department, and the world’s military forces were put on notice: the Somali seas were now the most perilous in the world.

Jay Bahadur, a journalist who dared to make his way into the remote pirate havens of Africa’s easternmost country and spend months infiltrating their lives, gives us the first close-up look at the hidden world of the pirates of war-ravaged Somalia.

Bahadur’s riveting narrative exposé - the first ever - looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages. Bahadur makes sense of the complex and fraught regional politics, the history of Somalia and the self-governing region of Puntland (an autonomous region in Northeast Somalia), and the various catastrophic occurrences that have shaped their pirate destinies. The audiobook looks at how the unrecognized mini-state of Puntland is dealing with the rise - and increasing sophistication - of piracy and how, through legal and military action, other nations, international shippers, the United Nations, and various international bodies are attempting to cope with the present danger and growing pirate crisis.

A revelation of a world at the epicenter of political and natural disaster. 

©2011 Jay Bahadur (P)2011 Random House

Kritikerstimmen

"The inner workings of the world of Somali pirates are astutely explored by Bahadur. . . an engaging account, full of solid analysis. . . What’s especially impressive (aside from Bahadur’s sheer nerve in insinuating himself among these dangerous men in a lawless corner of the world) is the amassing of multiple perspectives—of pirates and policymakers—that support a rich, suspenseful account." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A rare inside look. . . a nicely crafted, revealing report." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Lebensnaher Insiderbericht über somalische Piraten

Der Autor (ein italienischer Journalist) erzählt in Ich-Form, wie er langsam in die Welt einiger somalischer Piraten eindringt. Es gelingt ihm Interviews zu machen mit wirklichen und "Möchte-gern"-Piraten. Er bleibt zwar distanziert, aber man erlebt mit ihm eine gewisse Komik der Situationen und der Ansichten der Somalier, die alle nur eines wollen: respektiert werden und wer sein!
Das Hörbuch ist lehrreich, man erfährt viel über die Hintergründe, warum das Land nach Siad Barre in die Anarchie abgedriftet ist, warum die hungernden Fischer in die Piraterie glitten, sich selbst aber nicht als Piraten sondern als Retter ihres Meeres sehen. Auch Politiker kommen zu Wort, gefangene Piraten, Mütter und junge Männer, die gern in die Piraterie wollen, weil damit schnell viel Geld gemacht werden kann. Vor allem aber erkennt man, wie naiv die jungen Somalier sind und wie gefährlich eigentlich das Unterfangen des Autors war und ist.
Spannend, unterhaltsam, komisch und lehrreich.
Der Sprecher hat eine angenehme Stimme mit trockenem Humor.
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