The semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland is perhaps best known for its pirates. They’ve hijacked many ships and crewmembers demanding millions of dollars in ransom. But efforts are underway to develop Puntland and improve the quality of life for its people.
Besides being home to many Somali pirates, Puntland is also known for its smugglers. They’re often hired by Somali and Ethiopians wanting to cross the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. Many migrants are robbed or killed in the process.
It’s a tough image to shake, but Puntland is a work in progress, according to Paul Crook, who’s chief technical advisor in Somalia for the International Labor Organization.
“We see the power of the negative. The negative image is one of piracy -- that lovely word that conjures up so much and the influence of international criminality and extremist organizations, which still are around. Al Qaeda manifests itself with al Shabab, for example.”
Al Shabab is the main militant group in Somalia. It’s been the target of a long offensive by AU, Somali and Kenyan forces. Much territory has been retaken, but the group has not been defeated.
eg. America sees Pakistan's semi - autonomous tribal areas as a safe haven for insurgents.
2. hijack vt. 抢劫；揩油
eg. He didn't mention that he was hijacked in the street.
3.ransom n. 赎金；赎身，赎回
eg. The police caught the man who tried to abduct the boy for ransom.
4. smuggler n. 走私者；走私犯；[法] 走私船
eg. The smuggler was finally obliged to inform against his boss.
5.conjure up 想起，使在脑海中显现；用魔法召唤
eg. The old man conjured up a bag of silver coins from his pocket.
eg. He often conjured up visions of his boyhood days.
6.retake v. 再拿走；再夺走；夺回
eg. They retook a fortress in the naval port.