Photographer Jocelyn Carlin


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The Borrow Pits

Copyright © Jocelyn Carlin 2004
In 1942 American forces landed on Funafuti in order to base on this strategic location and combat the Japanese advance in the Pacific region. Of two possible places local people sacrificed the pulaka gardens over the destruction of their village to position the runway. The deep organic mud pits had to be filled and so coral and sand was 'borrowed' from the then unpopulated part of the islet. The land was never restored. Sixty years on, the population of the nation's capital has increased tenfold and people are forced to live on and around four hectares of tidal pools that are littered with the detritus of modern life
Other Galleries in this exhibition
Pacific Kiribati 09 | Environmental Stories from the Pacific Region | Pacific News -Tonga | Pacific News - Tonga2 | Another War Story | Tuvalu | Legacy Tuvalu - The Footprint on Funafuti | American Samoa and Samoa | Solomon Islands | Nauru/Kiribati/Fiji