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CLIP 6996

On the trail of Somali pirates

On the trail of Somali pirates
Key Info
  • On the trail of Somali pirates
  • Duration: 02:46
  • Jonah Fisher reports on the activities of a detachment of Royal Marines from HMS Northumberland. The patrol stops a small boat as part of an international effort against piracy. The boat is carrying migrants from Somalia to Yemen. Returning to HMS Northumberland, a distress call is received from a Greek-owned container ship which has just been hijacked. The crew have no choice but to look on helplessly as the pirates return to Somalia with their prize. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 23 February 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: pirates, Africa, Royal Navy, shipping lanes, Gulf of Aden, migration, poverty, crime
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip raises many questions which could be considered as part of an enquiry into development issues and the Horn of Africa. Who are the pirates? Why is the problem particularly focused on Somalia? What is the link between over-fishing and piracy? How can ships take precautions against piracy? How does piracy affect prices on the High Street?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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