No more drinking water, little food: our island is a field of bones

  • 06.11.2022
  • The Guardian

Our island is now, and has been for many decades, severely damaged.

The mines turned the island into a forest of pinnacles and most Banabans were moved to Rabi in Fiji after the second world war.

Banaba is a microcosm of what has happened at a planetary level. It is a place that cannot be brought back into balance and made habitable again without focused, collaborative, inspired, well-resourced and committed care and problem solving. Five governments are responsible for what happened here – Kiribati, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. So many historical, political and economic stakeholders in such a small rock in the middle of Oceania.