Michael Levitt ‘Hook’

Showed 11/02/10 – 13/02/10

It was one of the two Pirate leaders, a man called Omar who became most feared among the crew. The Russian captain, who prefers using his mother tongue when describing his ordeal, says Omar spent much of his time high on a cocktail of drugs including Chat, a narcotic leaf popular in Somalia.

“Omar was the one who threatened us the most. We could never know what he would do next. He carried an M14 rifle whereas the others only had Kalashnikovs. I suppose it was to show who was the boss. But he was such a wild man totally uncivilized. When he saw the screen saver on the computer which featured a tropical fish tank he simply could not understand how such a long fish could turn round in a flat space.”

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