Good old hijacking. In the 70s hijacking for political purposes was a kind of business as usual. Liberation parties, people’s fronts, other movements and organizations – basically terrorists and guerillas always found ways to hijack planes, divert them somewhere, keep the passengers as hostages and blackmail politicians and governments to release their mates or give them money to buy more guns from the same governments and politicians.
There are hardly any successful hijacking actions in history, but at least they were in the spotlight of the media for some days and they could draw the attention of the world to their goals, their movements, their fanatic ideas.
Until September 11, 2001 hijacking was a pathetic game of some idiots. Unfortunately the hijackers in 2001 were not idiots at all. But that was a different story and soon we’ll have the chance to remember it on the 7th anniversary.
Sun Air Hijack – 26 August (2 days ago)
Now those retro style hijackers are back for a short time. Some guys in South Darfur, Sudan hijacked a plane that was on its way to Khartoum, the capital. The plane was diverted to Egypt, but Cairo did not allow them to land, so finally they ended up in Lybia. The next day they released all the passegers and then, a day later they released the crew and surrendered. Their aim was to fly to France. Nothing else. The best part of the story is that they claimed to be members of a Darfur rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Movement. The only problem is that the movement immediately denied they had any relationship with these fellows.
Apparently there is no sense in what they did. But before we call them idiots (they are in a way), let’s mention that there have been heavy conflicts between the people of Darfur, who would like to be independent from Sudan and the Sudanese government. Besides that there are other conflicts, but let’s make things simple. A day before the hijack the Sudanese army attacked a refugee camp in Darfur. I am sure that people, who are victims of these killings are desperate enough to do anything they can in order to get themselves and their families out from that hell. Even though hijacking a plane does not solve anything.
See the map below.
There were several celebrities, who expressed their opinion about the Darfur conflicts. The most well-known piece of art on the topic is the song Living Darfur of the band Mattafix. It’s actually a lovely song and in the following video you can see Matt Damon adding some emphasis to the story by his appearance in an intro.
Enjoy the song and let’s celebrate the fact nobody was wounded in this tragic-comic hijack.