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Fleeing War, Refugees Met New Strife - New York Times

Sakina was not yet 3 when she landed with her mother on the tiny island of Nauru in the remote Pacific, joining more than a thousand other war refugees in a strange outpost.When they left
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Historical 2004 article NY Times on Nauru  (war refugees sent there) by Australia

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Grist - Beats Shoveling Bird Droppings on Nauru - NYTimes.com

Grist - Beats Shoveling Bird Droppings on Nauru - NYTimes.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Did Russia agree to pay $50 million to the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru in exchange for formally recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
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World Briefing | Australia: Howard Forced To Drop Asylum Bill

World Briefing | Australia: Howard Forced To Drop Asylum Bill | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Prime Minister John Howard has withdrawn a controversial immigration bill rather than send it to the Senate, where it appeared to be headed for defeat after the defection of members of his center-right Liberal Party.

Article NY Times 2006 (old article) 

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On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling

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A cautionary tale about life in Nauru, a place with hard ecological limits.

WRITTEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF NAURU 

 

picture from www.discovernauru.com

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Nauru is 8 sq miles, a sovereign nation in Micronesia with a population of about 10,000.  The currency is the Australian dollar and the language is Nauran and English.  The island has many birds, fishing, coral, phosphate mines which destroyed the rainforests, limestone pinnacles, but limited fresh water and electricity.  Monsoon season is Nov to Feb with NE tradewinds March to Oct and 80% humidity.  It has 30 km of coastline and sandy beaches but the coast is eroding quickly.  Vegetation includes coconut palms and tomans trees, frangipani flower and of course bananas.

Unemployment is high.  The eroding coast due to rising sealevels such as what is seen in Papua and the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, Kiribate and Marshall Islands where tides in low lying areas cause people to flee their homes.  Environmental projects to restore damage from mining is underway.

 

PLEASE READ THIS LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF NAURU (2011) NY Times article online

 

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