- Posted March 7, 2013 by
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Kiribati set to buy land from Fiji
I can only commend their President, Anote Tong for taking such an optimistic approach to the obvious threats that his people face on the island of Kiribati. Not just the political, social or environmental threats that need to be addressed as they do in every country during some sort of crisis.
They are facing their threat in their everyday life. The days when they wake up and need to sweep the waters out of their homes, or add more sand bags to the sea wall that is clearly failing and no longer a viable solution.
To the everyday western man, living in a western society, the problems these people face are incomprehensible. To be buying land in Fiji to grow crops as they, at this moment, as we speak, sweep the water out of their homes and watch their crops being destroyed, it is absolutely incredible, to think, that nothing more could be done for the peoples livelyhood in a more urgent manner.
If we were facing these problems in a western country, there is no doubt we would be panicking. However, we are lucky to have the resources, the knowledge, the money and "allies" that can support us during those times.
Mr Tong stated "At this time, at this moment in time, we are at the very extreme end of the vulnerability scale. We're on the front line."
Having been there numerous times, you can see that many of the locals have already been relocated to other areas of the island due to their land being submerged under water already.
So yes, here is an extra report for Kiribati because, one day, there may be no Kiribati to report about.