This week, Need to Know brings you a story you won’t see anywhere else: a rare close-up view behind the headlines from Somalia. On Sunday, a British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, who had been held captive by Somali pirates for more than a year, were released. On last week’s show, we brought you a dramatic and ultimately tragic story of a French family taken hostage by Somali pirates. It was part of the documentary “The Trouble with Pirates.”
Somali pirates continue to hold more than 500 hostages from more than 20 ships, mostly commercial vessels. And it’s big business for the pirates, who demand — and get — millions in ransom. But the piracy problem started out much more modestly, and you might be surprised to learn it has roots in the fishing industry, as you’ll see in our concluding installment of the film, The Trouble With Pirates.