Mike Nizza wrote a new post on The Lede today about Spain sending a naval ship to battle Somali pirates off the coast of Somalia. Spain is just the latest country to get involved in the increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia in the last few months. France, Denmark, and the United States are just some of the other countries that have been combating the pirates.
It seems pretty weird to still be battling pirates in the 21st century, but it appears to be a real problem in that part of the world. You have to keep in mind when traveling that there's always the possibility of danger and risk. Of course, there is usually added risk when you travel to a part of the world that has been in turmoil for years. Still, it's always important to remember that just because you're a traveler, it doesn't mean you're immune to problems and danger.
It's always important to watch your back when you travel, but you shouldn't just assume that a country is bad because you don't know much about it. Also, if you only read articles that mention the bad things that go on, you're only going to have a negative image of the place. Granted, I don't know a whole lot about Somalia, other than what I've read in the news and know from classes, but I'm sure there's a galaxy of things that I could learn from firsthand knowledge.