Somalia: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Joe Brown

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Joe Brown

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Somalia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I chose this country because I am always hearing about the Somalian pirates and how they are highjacking ships all the time. I also decided to choose this country because I wanted to research about captain Philips. I also want to learn about the culture of the country. I feel that by researching this country I will be exposed to some harsh societies the teens my age have to live in, and hopefully I will see how fortunate I am.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): There is only a couple of things I know about Somalia. I know about the pirates, and how they constantly highjack ships that come near their borders. I also know about the poverty that the people in the country live in.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I Hope t

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community):

New York Times Topics: Hungary

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Joe Brown

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks):" Somali Pirates Release 4 Thai Sailors Held Nearly 5 Years"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: February 27, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "Somali pirates have released four Thai Sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. officially said Friday." (NYT)

Quote: Bile states " A one millions dollar ransom was paid for the release of the four Thai crew members." (NYT)


Comment: Taiwan has done a good thing by paying the ransom for these sailors, they stayed loyal to their citizens. It is typically rare for a country to pay ransom for their citizens. For example when ISIS kidnapped a British journalist, they wanted millions of dollars for the man, and Britain would not pay. That journalist would be later killed. I highly disagree with the fact that his country did not pay for the him; mainly because he is a citizen who has paid his taxes to be protected by his country. For his country to let him down like that is disappointing.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Joe Brown

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Shabab Fighters Ambush Base of Peacekeepers in Somalia"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Mohammed Ibrahim

Date of Publication: December 25, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The ambushing of a peace keeper base in Somalia

Quote: "At least three soldiers, one civilian, and five attackers were killed." (NYT)


Comment: A stop needs to be put to these Somalia pirates. They have long been terrorizing the sea. This event was peaceful until these pirates attacked. They are constantly hijacking merchant ships. Countries should help put an end to this madness. This has been going on for far to long.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):Somali Pirates Release 4 Thai Sailors Held Nearly 5 Years.

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: February 27, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article was written by "The Associated Press", and it was written for the Thai sailors. It was written to acknowledge the release of the Thai sailors.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)This article is not opinionated so the author does not have a particular message, but this article gives an overview of how much they were ransomed, and when they were taken.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The tone and mood is a bit dark. The sailors were taken for 5 years by the pirates. There were 36 to begin with, but 32 of them got sick and died.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The author does not use any devices , all he does is tell the story.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)This article is an informational article.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Pentagon Confirms Strike Killed Shabab Militant Leader in Somalia"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Helene Cooper

Date of Publication: March 18 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article is focusing on the U.S, and how they have been battling Shabab for many years now, and how we have just taken out one of their militant leaders. The author wrote this because she wants to make everyone aware that we finally killed this leader after years of attempting missile strikes, commandos, ETC.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the U.S killing the Shabab leader, who we have been trying to kill for years now. The author states that Obama finally steeped up his game and used a drone to kill the militant leader.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The writers tone was very positive, she seemed almost relieved that this leader was finally dead. It would make the read feel positive as well, every time some one writes about the killing of an enemy that we have been trying to defeat for decades really sets a positive tone.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) No literary devices are really used for this article it is more of an informational article. This was made to inform the people about an enemies defeat.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This is an informational article, as I said before this article was made to inform the people about an enemy that has been defeated.

Joseph Brown

17930 Deer Hill Rd.

Hidden Valley, CA 95467

March 20, 2015

The Tiny Tots Toy Company

15456 Pyramid Way

College Park, CA 33133

Dear Contact Group for Piracy:

My name is Joseph Brown, I live in Hidden Valley California, and I go to Cardinal Newman Highschool. I am doing a project on Somalia. My purpose of this letter is to acknowledge the fact that your organization did not give up on these sailors.

I read the article “Somali Pirates Release 4 Thai Sailors Held Nearly 5 Years”. This article was about the release of 4 Thai Sailors. These Thai sailors were held by the pirates for 5 years and no one would help them. And how the ransom was one million dollars. Your organization was the only one to help.

I really appreciate what your organization is doing for the Somali people. This is a great thing your organization is doing for the community. I have one question. How does your facility come up with the million dollar funds to free these sailors?

I really look up to your organization. I hope to do something as great as what you guys are doing. I hope to open the first homeless shelter in our county. Thank you for your time, and keep on doing what you are doing.

Sincerly,




Joseph Brown

Comment Stream

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I really liked the first article I completely agree with the statements above. I would also like to know about your letter to Contact Group for Piracy. I would like to see if they respond and how the respond.