Trinidad suffers from Venezuela collapse as pirates return to the Caribbean

To prove how perilous his Caribbean fishing grounds have become, Candy Edwards needs only to roll up his T-shirt sleeve. At first glance, the neat scar on his arm looks like it might be from a shark bite. Instead, it came from a predator long thought to be extinct in these waters – pirates.

“They came straight for us in their boat, firing their guns,” says Mr Edwards, a wiry 35-year-old from the fishing village of Icacos on Trinidad’s south-west tip. “We knew they’d try to kidnap us, so we cut our nets and fled, but they chased us right to the shore. I didn’t realise I’d been hit by one of the bullets until I got home and fell down in front of my house.”

Once a peaceful fishing community where the only trouble was the odd bar…

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