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.



    Very touching photos and captions Dennis. It could be/should be a commercial for these lovely people.
    Well done!

  2. Wonderful Dennis. Watching my footprints..spreading the word through students. Love always is.

  3. Good Day Drpack!

    Sorry to bother you. My name is Ray Blakney and I am a RPCV from Mexico. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. I have created a sub-section on the website my wife and I run - - with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV's). I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios and even some videos.

    The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the world out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV's or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use. I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site at:

    so that people know it is there. There should be something there for almost everybody. It is all 100% free to use and share. Here is the specific page of the Peace Corps Archive:

    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don't hesitate to pass them my email. Thanks and have a great day.

    Ray Blakney

  4. exactly wonderful i love it i hope you experience a poor life of my people and family thank you so much .....

  5. Hi Dennis,
    I really like your blog. I casts a beautiful, though harsh and raw insight of the life in Kiribati. Together with Marita´s blog, your account provides a wonderful and thorough introduction for those who love Kiribati yet have never been there. I´m visiting the islands soon, and I´d love to receive a bit of advice. If you think that you can give me a hand regarding who to contact in Kiribati or what kind of job to do there, please send me an email to I look forward to hearing from you soon! Regards. Jerónimo.-