Banaban UNESCO Report 2002

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ONE MINORITY PEOPLE  A REPORT

ON THE BANABANS 

 

Formerly of Banaba (Ocean Island)  

Who were relocated to Rabi Island in Fiji

 

 

  Commissioned by UNESCO (Apia) 

Written and photographed by Gerard Hindmarsh

Freelance Journalist

 

November 2002

 

       

 

Contents

 

Introduction

4

1.

The Banabans as uprooted people

6

2.

Banaba, their homeland

12

3.

The Phosphateers

15

4.

Wartime atrocities

19

5.

Relocation to Rabi

22

6.

The long struggle to settle

25

7.

Claims for compensation and independence

27

8.

The last decade

30

9.

The community today

33

10.

Rabi Council of Leaders

37

11.

Fishing and farming

39

12.

Compensation and re-mining issues revisited

44

13.

Ways forward

46

 

Bibliography

67

 

 

 

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