Here's a link to SOS - Save Our Seafarers - a campaign to fight piracy being fought by prominent maritime organizations.

From the SOS website:

"SaveOurSeafarers was established in March 2011 and is calling for unified action to raise awareness of the human and economic cost of piracy.

We are one of the biggest ever maritime industry groupings, comprising thirty organisations that have joined together to raise awareness of the human and economic cost of piracy.  

Our campaign has gained support worldwide including, the Philippines, South Africa, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and from many other countries within Europe.   

We understand the problems Somalia faces (the most prolific area for attacks) after 20 years of vicious civil war but we believe our innocent seafarers and the global economy have the right to protection."

The rising tide of outrage against piracy is beginning to have an effect - and this is something that will benefit the citizens of Somalia, too, if the world can come together with actions and policies that allow them to re-establish a stable government there. 

Piracy flourishes partly because it's allowed to, filling the power vacuum left by ineffective government; and also because a starving population will take any action to feed itself, even something like piracy that goes against their social norms and religious beliefs. Helping Somalia become a viable state will help allay the problem of piracy.

Check it out and see if it's something you can support - I did! 

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