From corporate America to the Horn of Africa, money makes the world go around

The Times of London
Hargeisa, Somalia

The dusty, potholed streets of Hargeisa in Somaliland are filled with battered cars and ambling pedestrians. The tangled birds’ nests of wires that cling to every telegraph pole are testament to a boom in telephony, informal stalls line the roads, selling imported goods and Ethiopia-grown khat, a plant chewed as a stimulant – and behind bricks of local currency sit the money changers. Continue reading From corporate America to the Horn of Africa, money makes the world go around

Foreigners are the real pirates, says former Somali fisherman

The Times of London
Berbera, Somalia

The first time Farah Ismail Eid set out to hijack a ship off the coast of Somalia his boat was easily outrun. On the second occasion he kept pace but his boarding ladder was too short. On the third attempt he was captured.

Eid, 38, from Eyl on the Somalia coast, is one of an estimated 1,500 fishermen-turned-pirates who have made the seas between the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean the most dangerous shipping route in the world. Continue reading Foreigners are the real pirates, says former Somali fisherman