Caught on sinking lands

Category: Places


Photo and caption by Bjorn Stig Hansen

The people of the Carteret Islands live a simple life without stable electricity and use wooden canoes to travel between the islands on top of the their Atoll’s 37.9 miles long reef. Like many communities from low lying Pacific islands they fear that the sea will submerge their islands within few generations, and they have begun the quest for new land. Each of the six islands on the atoll can be crossed on foot in minutes and stands few feet above sea level at the highest point. The 1000 inhabitants are situated 49.7 miles away across open sea from their nearest neighbour, Bougainville.

Location: The carteret Islands, papua New Guinea


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