All too often we get caught up in reacting to the problems in front of us. If Somali pirates have a hostage, we react by figuring out how to kill them while leaving the hostage safe.
We are rarely composed enough these days to dig a little deeper and seek out the “why?” to the problems that exist. The Somali pirate epidemic is a symptom of the social and enviromental challenges that this East African nation faces.
We can continue to react to each piracy incident as it appears, or consider the bigger picture problems of the whole system. If we address the root of the problem (diminishing fish stocks and no government = no income) instead of the symptom (Somali pirates), we may actually find solutions that are humane, cost-effective, and successful in the long-term.
Like a small child always playing in a street of broken glass. We have two solutions, treat each new cut with a bandaid or remove the shards of glass.
“Thousands of Somalis once made their living as fishermen. But Somalia has been without a central government for nearly two decades—so there’s no active body that’s able to effectively protect the country’s rights to its coastline, and the once-abundant supply of fish it held. So now, due to the willingness of foreigners to exploit fisheries off Somalia’s coast, and the lack of a governing body to stave them off, many of these fishermen are finding their nets empty. It’s estimated that $300 million worth of seafood is stolen from Somali waters altogether every year—(source-Treehugger.com)