Migingo is a little 2,000-square-metre island, about half the measure of a football pitch, in Lake Victoria.Although minute in size, the island is home to 131 people (according to 2009 census) living in crammed huts made of corrugated sheets and wood. Despite shabby living conditions, Migingo Island boasts of five bars, a beauty salon, a pharmacy as well as some inns and many brothels.
When pirates first heard that anglers were making £200 a day, roughly three or four times as much as can be made on land in an entire month, they flocked to the isle and robbed fish, money and motors.
The fishermen called upon their authorities for help in 2009 with the Ugandans being first to reply by dispatching maritime policeman.
Upon arrival, the Ugandans increased their flag and gradually started to exploit the anglers who had made their living on the tiny island that is enclosed by deep waters wealthy in lucrative Nile sit on.