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Piracy researcher: Many similarities between Somalia and Afghanistan

The situation in Somalia is considerably similar to the one in Afghanistan which might be of help when trying to understand the problem in the African country which has become synonymous with piracy, PhD student Andreas Bruvik Westberg tells ShippingWatch.

Somalia and Afghanistan are countries that most people know as troublesome nations from the news. However, the similarities between the countries do not end here. And these similarities might help better understand the trouble in Somalia, Andreas Bruvik Westberg who is carrying out a three year Ph. D. project on the international efforts on piracy at Africa’s Horn on behalf of the Danish Defence College, assesses.

“The similarities between Somalia and Afghanistan are strikingly many. First and foremost, both countries have a poor population partly dependent of criminal financial behaviour. In Afghanistan, we are seeing poor farmers growing opium and in Somalia it is poor people doing piracy”, he says.

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