Photographer Jocelyn Carlin

Legacy Tuvalu - The Footprint on Funafuti

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The Taisala

Copyright © Jocelyn Carlin 2004
In 1942 during WW2 the American military landed on Funafuti in order to base strategically and combat the Japanese advance in the Pacific region. Of two possible places, local people sacrificed their pulaka gardens over the destruction of the village to position the runway. The deep organic mud pits had to be filled with coral and sand that 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 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