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May 21, 2013

The Somali pirates jailed in paradise

There are more than 1,000 convicted Somali pirates in prisons around the world. Some of them end up in a UN-funded jail on the tiny island nation of Seychelles.

Alan Cole, who works on the UN’s Counter Piracy Programme, tells me that most Somalis are happy to be sent home to escape the prison diet of rice and tuna.

But he cites the story of one Somali who opted to stay on – to finish studying for a certificate in English.