Two Somali children found sailing with pirates are being sent home. The children, aged 12 and 11 – were captured in January and arrested with 12 others on suspicion of piracy. The 11-year-old was acquitted because of his age.
The 12-year-old was given a provisional release based upon being sent back to Somalia.Seychelles police said on Monday that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime was helping fly the two back to their families in northern Somalia.
A recent report by the UN monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea criticised the international community for investing huge resources to pursue pirates at the bottom of the chain – such as illiterate young people – instead of going after piracy’s powerbrokers.