Main content

Chasing West Africa's Pirates

There are now more pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea than off the coast of Somalia. Mary Harper travels to Lagos to explore the highly complex world of piracy.

There are now more pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea than off the coast of Somalia - once considered the global 'piracy hotspot'. The BBC’s Mary Harper travels to Lagos, one of the busiest ports in Africa, to explore what is a highly complex world of piracy.

She tells for the first time the story of seafarers who have been caught up in violent and highly-organised attacks, speaks to former militants who themselves committed acts of piracy and who are now controversially being employed, at a high cost, to tackle piracy and examines the economic cost to communities who depend on maritime trade.

(Photo: Oil tankers wait to go into Lagos harbour. Credit: Penny Dale)

Available now

55 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Nov 2014 12:05GMT

Broadcasts

Congo: A River Journey in binaural audio

Congo: A River Journey in binaural audio

Put your headphones on for an immersive journey along the mighty Congo River in the DRC

Space

Space

Stargazing - from eclipses to the spacecraft changing our view of the Universe

The Documentary Podcast

The Documentary Podcast

Every episode of The Documentary, on your mp3 player, to play wherever you are

The Compass

The Compass

The essential take on big ideas, issues and trends from the 21st century