One of the youths living in
Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland reported a horrifying
incident, in which, the last few months, some of the youths including
himself, tried to hijack a ship.
The young man, who requested not to be named, narrated his ordeal
which started when one of the fine days him and his colleagues set sail
into the high seas with two boats. They were confronted by the
anti-paracy NATO military, that patrols the Somali Coastline.
The Military took them into custody and confiscated the two boats
they were using He added that the military set ablaze one of two boats
they were using, which carried their paraphernalia He also talks about
what they encountered from the moment they started swimming in the high
seas without any help.
This is his story.
''They removed us from the Big boat.. They left us with nothing,
they even took away our sandals, then they destroyed the big Boat using
motor, setting it on fire..”
'' We decided to swim in an effort to trick them into feeling
sympathy for us. We knew the small boat had no fuel, and that there was
we could use it... We thought they would assist us and take us
closer to the shore.. But instead they started laughing at us.."
'' We started swimming towards the gulf of Aden.. We were in the sea for 16 days... Swimming day and night...”
''For four days we were moving towards Yemen's Capital Adan.. All
the 16 days we had no food to eat nor water to drink...”
“At one time,
some of us decided to eat one among us who was very weak because we
could no longer hold on...with God’s grace that never happened.”
'' With God's help, after a long suffering we finally managed to spot the shore. Near the town of Adan.”
“That is the
time we sensed some normalcy within ourselves we first thought we will never make alive.”
“Some Yemeni fishermen spotted us; they came with their boats and
assisted us. They handed us to the authorities. We were jailed but the
UN argued our case as fishermen who lost their way in the sea.”
“The journey was life and death….my prayers were answered by Allah, I have repented now.”
“My advice to those who are thinking of making similar venture is to
think first, the voyage is not that easy. The world is focused on this
vice, if you are captured while trying to pirate ships you will be
sentenced to life or worst you will simply vanish without trace into
the deep sea.”