Deadly Waters by Jay Bahadur

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What are the lives of modern day pirates like outside of the attack skiffs? How do they spend their money? What clothes do they wear and what is their drug of choice? Deadly Waters takes us to the heart of Somalia, where Jay Bahadur, the intrepid 25-year-old author has ventured where most journalists fear to tread. As the 'go to' journalist for all major media, and with unparalleled access to all the major players, from government officials to local residents - and of course the pirates themselves - Bahadur sets out to discover who is behind the masked menaces who appear on the news.Exploring the politics and history of the self-governing region of Puntland, Bahadur looks at the challenges facing this troubled mini-state as piracy rises - and examines how the UN and other bodies are attempting to deal with the scourge of every sea-faring nation. Evocative and incisive, Deadly Waters is a highly original analysis of the international pirate crisis.
 

About Jay Bahadur

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Jay Bahadur is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and author of Deadly Waters, a book about Somali piracy. When the Somali pirates exploded into the pages of the international news in late 2008, Jay quit his market research job and packed his bags, hopping a series of five flights into Somalia on a lone quest to meet some present-day buccaneers. He spent the next six weeks in Garowe-the capital of the autonomous region of Puntland-a city at the heart of the pirates' tribal homeland, conducting research with the journalist son of Puntland's newly-elected President. The background stories, gossip, family ties, backroom political dealings, and daily impressions of life to which he was privy are simply not things that can be perceived by a reporter who flies in to take some snapshots of the gang behind the latest tanker hijacking. For a foreigner, his access to the region is truly unique. Jay made a return to Puntland in June 2009, and in December interviewed maritime insurers and lawyers in London, met former hostages in Romania, and had a final tête-a-tête with the pirates in Kenya's overcrowded prisons.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Profile Books Ltd. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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