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VOA常速英语新闻:索马里邦特兰打击海盗以改善民生(双语)

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索马里半自治的邦特兰地区最有名的可能就是海盗了,他们劫持很多船只和船员,索取了数百万美元的赎金。但为了发展邦特兰并改善人们的生活状况,该地区正在努力做出改变。
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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.
索马里半自治的邦特兰地区最有名的可能就是海盗了,他们劫持很多船只和船员,索取了数百万美元的赎金。但为了发展邦特兰并改善人们的生活状况,该地区正在努力做出改变。

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.
除了有众多索马里海盗外,邦特兰还因走私者而出名。这些人通常受雇于希望渡过亚丁湾到达也门的索马里人和埃塞俄比亚人。许多移民在这过程中被抢劫或杀害。

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.
要改变该地的形象确实不易,但索马里国际劳工组织首席技术顾问保罗·克鲁克说,邦特兰正在取得进展。

“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.”
“我们看到了负面形象的影响,一是海盗,这个可爱的词语让人联想丰富,它对国际犯罪和极端组织起到了很大的影响,这些组织仍在这里出没。比如基地组织和阿尔沙巴布就是这样的极端组织。”

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.
阿尔沙巴布是索马里重要的一支武装组织,一直是非盟、索马里和肯尼亚军队的战斗目标。其占领的很多领地已被攻下,但还没有降服该组织。


词汇解释:
1.semi-autonomous 半自治的

eg. America sees Pakistan's semi - autonomous tribal areas as a safe haven for insurgents.
在美国看来,巴基斯坦半自治部落地区是叛乱分子的避风港。

2. hijack vt. 抢劫;揩油

eg. He didn't mention that he was hijacked in the street.
他没有提起他在大街上被人抢劫一事。

3.ransom n. 赎金;赎身,赎回

eg. The police caught the man who tried to abduct the boy for ransom.
警察抓住了那个企图拐走这男孩以便勒索赎金的家伙。

4. smuggler n. 走私者;走私犯;[法] 走私船

eg. The smuggler was finally obliged to inform against his boss.
那个走私犯最后不得不告发他的首领。

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.
老人像变戏法似的从衣袋里掏出一包银币。

eg. He often conjured up visions of his boyhood days.
他常常回忆自己童年时的情景。

6.retake v. 再拿走;再夺走;夺回

eg. They retook a fortress in the naval port.
他们夺回军港中的一个要塞。

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