Thursday, December 8, 2011

Marakei ... the people

The following are randomly (more or less) placed photos of some of the beautiful people of the atoll of Marakei. It takes far too long to try to move them around on this blog ...
not the friendliest thing to work with!

The Mayor ... and chief tour guide!
They look after you very well on Marakei ...
and they adorn you with handmade head-dresses.
Singing and dancing are a specialty of the
I-Kiribati ... and they often want you to join in!
It's rude to decline!
You won't go hungry, either!
Waro are especially tasty ... as was the lobster, chicken, pork,
and of course, the fish!
Put a couple of those on the barbie!
Gracious (and happy!) hosts ...
Quench your thirst with a little of the liquid from the coconut ...
so pure it was injected intravenously during
the last cholera epidemic!
A few of the locals we met ...
Her husband is a seaman who trained at the centre
where I work ... after 18 months of training, he gets to spend
another 11 months at sea! I asked her where he was, "At sea."
She had no idea where ... Marakei only got mobile phone
service the weekend we arrived!
She also has a 3-4 year old child who has probably
barely (if at all) seen his father.
Sending money home from overseas employment
is a major source of revenue for the country.

This gentleman liked my sunglasses!
And he looks almost as good in them as me! ;-)
Motorised transportation is as economical as it gets ...
No space is spared ...
Three is not uncommon ... the kids must
have terrific balance!
Did you ever have trouble getting your kids to make their bed?
Here it has a whole different meaning!
Just like the rest of the world ...
it's the youth of Kiribati that are it's future.
They are happy and love to have their pictures taken.
They are cheeky, too!
They don't make big demands ...
this girl played with the day's catch for a very long time!
Digging for sand crabs ... much more exciting
than any video game ... and useful!
And the older kids take care of their younger siblings ...
More smiling faces ... these kids tried to teach me
some Kiribati ... most speak a little English.
I don't think "dangerous" is a word in Kiribati!
So, can you help save my country from perishing due to climate change?
Can you reduce your carbon footprint just a little?
Really? You can't do with a little less,
so that we can just have a home?
Will my country even exist by the time I'm old enough to have my own family?
Don't you think I'm worth it?
Don't you think we deserve a little of the planet, too?
50% of the population of Kiribati is under 15 years of age!
That's about 50,000 kids who will have families in the next
15 years ... they start young here ... life expectancy isn't that good.
What does the future hold for them?
Some things are just too valuable to be about profit.
It's more in your hands ... than theirs.