- By Elizabeth DickinsonElizabeth Dickinson is a Gulf-based Deca journalist.
Somali pirates released the hijacked Ukrainian vessel, the MV Faina, today to much international applause. Held since September, it cost “just” $3.2 million in ransom. (And yes, that is a bargain given that the cargo’s value is estimated at $30 million).
How delightful that the hostages on board are free! But I feel quite differently about the cargo. Doesn’t anyone remember what is on this ship? That $30 million of cargo is not oil or clothes or cars. It’s weapons — tanks, arms, and more. The Ukrainian press reports that it is still headed to Kenya — it’s original destination, maybe. Or was it the semiautonomous but increasingly armed government of Southern Sudan?
Maybe I don’t want to know the answer, but I’m still surprised that no one is asking where this stuff is going to end up.
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