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Thursday 6 May 2021
Peia Kararaua, 16, swims in the flooded area of Aberao village that is located in Tarawa atoll, Kiribati. Kiribati is one of the countries most affected by sea level rise. During high tide many villages become inundated making large parts of them uninhabitable.
Kiribati left and right
Hetu, 8, lifting up a shark that was caught by local fishermen for “inati”. “Inati” is a traditional and a very unique community fishing and distribution system that is practised in Tokelau. The system ensures that all families have some fish. All men are required to take part in a fishing activity. The catch is shared equally amongst people; all family members are counted, and the sharing depends on the number of people in households. Fale Island, Fakaofo Atoll, Tokelau.
Teresa, 7, brought her 3-year-old sister Terada, to the lagoon water to play in the water.
“When it’s a high tide, the kids usually play near our house, and the whole area gets flooded. They don’t need to walk to the sea. – says their mother, a 48-year-old Karekiata. – For me it’s not that enjoyable, as we had to move our garden further inland of the island, for the sea water not to destroy our crops and taro”.
Tebunginako village in Abaiang atoll is called by the country’s government a “barometer for what Kiribati can expect in the future”. Since 1970s the villagers have seen the sea rise. Eventually the erosion was so great that the major part of the village had to be abandoned.
Eliuda Toxok, a shark caller from Messi village, paddles his outrigger canoe in Bismarck Sea while trying to catch a shark. Shark calling is the ancient tradition among the fishermen of New Ireland. Locals say that they see less sharks every year, connecting this to climate change. Eliuda Toxok, a shark caller from Messi village, paddles his outrigger canoe in Bismarck Sea while trying to catch a shark. Shark calling is the ancient tradition among the fishermen of New Ireland. Locals say that they see less sharks every year, connecting this to climate change.
Martha Wokma, 49, with her nephew stand near the collapsed logging bridge. “We can’t take this road anymore, we can’t visit our relatives in friends in other villages. The logging company made big damage to our village and environment and they never payed any compensation”.
Dwain, 13, Logging area near Trin village, Turubu inland.
Nobert Mor, 13, sits on the dead tree while the village kids play on the shore. Taul village. Locals in the back of a pickup track on the logging road in Turubu inland area.
Mark Pokakes, 41, stands near his house in Pamachau Island in Manus Province of Papua New Guinea. Pamachau was affected by the King Tide that hit the island in 2012. Many houses were damaged by the seawater and a few of them even collapsed. This remote island accommodates 40 people and their only fresh water source comes from rain.
Tietaake, 3, sitting on a raft that is used to transport residents of Eita village through the flooded areas during high tides. Children climbing a rusty shipwreck in Betio town, South Tarawa, Kiribati. The ship was lifted by king tides and crashed into a Betio sea wall in February 2015.
Children of Etas village on Efate Island watch a water truck delivering drinking water to their village. After Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, many local communities were left without fresh water supplies. International charity Oxfam organised an airport water tank truck to come to the villages around Port Vila and help locals to fill their barrels with drinking water.
Children playing on a sea wall in front of a rusty shipwreck in Betio town, South Tarawa, Kiribati. The ship was lifted by king tides and crashed into a Betio sea wall in February 2015.
Debris left after Cyclone Winston. The southern part of Taveuni Island in Fiji is among the areas most affected by category 5 Cyclone Winston in March 2016. Many villages were completely destroyed and people were left without food for several days, as access to the island was cut off.
Salome, 6, skip jumping over high voltage wires in Veicorocoro Settlement, Tailevu Province. After Cyclone Winston hit Fiji in February 2016, there was no power for many weeks in affected areas.
A gilr passes a rusty shipwreck in Betio town, South Tarawa, Kiribati. The ship was lifted by king tides and crashed into a Betio sea wall in February 2015.
Elva, 10, sitting on a died coconut tree near Tina River in Niu Birao village, Solomon Islands. Elva’s family house stood on the place where the river flows now. In April 2014 the house was washed away by flood along with other 20 houses. Many families lost their homes and gardens, some still live in tents. Some children stopped going to school because their parent don’t have money to pay school fees.
Children playing the ‘Cemetery’ game on one of the Ebeye’s sandy beaches. The overpopulated island is informally known as the ‘slum of the Pacific’. It people suffer numerous diseases and the mortality rate is one of the highest in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Children playing in the water near seawall of Aberao village in Kiribati, which is one of the most affected areas by sea level rise.