How the Seychelles became a pirates’ paradise – Africa, World – The Independent

A multi-storey cruise ship dwarfs the harbour of Port Victoria, engulfing two fishing trawlers in its considerable shadow. Together, the trio of vessels offer a snapshot of the economy of this Indian Ocean archipelago. While the floating holiday camp disgorges hundreds of sunburnt Europeans into the Seychelles’ eternal summer, the trawlers unload skipjack and yellow fin tuna by the thousands, bound eventually for Europe.Mention of the Seychelles is typically the cue for flowery sentences in which “palm-fringed”, “azure” and “turquoise” are rearranged in brochure variations but another kind of ship has been arriving here almost daily that darkens the postcard picture. Out in the spectacular bay of Mahe Island, visiting Russian frigates and Royal Navy destroyers are evidence of a gathering storm in the Somali basin that threatens to sink the economy of this tropical paradise.

How the Seychelles became a pirates’ paradise – Africa, World – The Independent

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