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Addressing maritime piracy in Africa and Asia
Piracy has traditionally been the act of robbery and criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. However, times have changed and today we also see kidnapping and hostage situations where the goal is to acquire a ransom payment. Many cargo ships which sail predictable and frequent routes are very vulnerable to piracy. For example, the Strait of Malacca in South East Asia is a famous route for big ships carrying huge amounts of goods. Countries which play a significant role in this are India and Somalia. Furthermore, the Strait of Malacca with Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are significant countries and the countries bordering the Red Sea which are Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Sudan.
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