Somali Anti-Piracy Information To Meet In Mogadishu

SOMALI ANTI-PIRACY INFORMATION CENTRE (SAPIC) RESEARCH ON PIRACY REVEALS A 98% DISAPPROVAL OF THE PRACTICE IN SOUTH CENTRAL SOMALIA

An opinion survey conducted by IPSOS/Synovate on behalf of Somali Anti-Piracy Information Centre (SAPIC) reveals decreasing levels of support for maritime piracy among the Somali communities.

SAPIC Chairman, Abdullahi Hersi, in his inaugural speech; described the advocacy organization as a community-owned initiative that seeks to protect the Somali youth and its people against detriments of piracy.

“We are very happy to launch SAPIC and present the results of our survey. At 98% discontent, it is clear the Somali people understand that piracy is destructive to the community and that its negative effects far outweigh its material benefits.” stated Mr Hersi.

Deputy Minister of Information , Post and Telecommunication Hon Abdishakur Ali Mire who spoke at the event on behalf of the Somali Federal Government said , “The government will work with Somali Anti-Piracy information Center to share information about piracy and we promise to support SAPIC campaigns against piracy”.

The baseline survey which was carried out in the towns of Mogadishu, Galkacyo, Cadaado and Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya also recorded significant attitudes, perception and awareness of the practice.

Shekh Nur Baruud Gurhan , a member of Somali Council of Muslim scholars stated during the survey launch opined that “ Piracy is illegal in Islam, robbing, raping and killing innocent people is not accepted in Islam. The youth have to know that their actions is against the Islamic Shariah”

Also present were business community, women, youth and members of the civil society who contributed to discussions on piracy, its implications and suitable alternative sources of income.

Former Somali defense minister and current member of Somali Federal Parliament Hussein Arab Isse said the only solution to win the fight against piracy is to build Somalia’s national defense forces.

The latter, he added, will combat piracy and illegal fishing.

SAPIC is a non-governmental organization that acts as a focal point in the fight against maritime crime by informing the public about the detrimental effects of piracy, alternative livelihood and sources of income and efforts by local and international organizations to fight piracy.

According to the study, 68% of the respondents believe that maritime piracy is a criminal activity that is against the Islamic Shariah. A similar percentage specified that ‘piracy is destroying the lives of young Somali men’.

Speaking at the same event, Hassan Abshir who is a former Somali Prime Minister and a current member of Somali Federal Parliament told the participants that piracy “killed the image of the Somali people and the country, with so many young Somali men dying in the sea and scores suffering in foreign cells”.

The March 2013 poll additionally shows that piracy is widely perceived as unacceptable practice that deserves prosecution.
• 49% of the male respondents attributed increased drug abuse among youth to piracy
• Other notable negative effects of piracy include death at 48%
• Increased localized inflation at 46%
• And the emergence and rise of prostitution registered 36% response from the interviewees.

Here are some of the excerpts of the qualitative section of the research.
“Yes, Islam does not allow piracy. There is no religion that permits committing robbery, killing and kidnapping.” [IDI, Community Leader]

“No is it not an accepted act, it is something that came about due the anarchy and failed state in Somalia. But is not something that can be accepted and welcomed. “ [IDI, Youth Leader]

“They create a threatening situation in the sea and on earth. They are involved in killing, robbery, raping young girls and bringing inflation. We are afraid of our lives if we are girls.” [FGD, Female]

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Download the survey on piracy
More data and full technical details are available in the topline document available for download on http://www.somapic.org/index.php?page=Publications&lang=Somali

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