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Climate change is threatening sea-level villages like this one on the island of Viti Levu, in Fiji. Daku Bukanivanua’s house once stood here. But rainfall, heavier over the past few years, has been pouring off a nearby mountain and into the village. The sea has begun pushing in the other way, and Bukanivanua’s home has washed away.
The government would like to relocate the village. But the village has been here more than 100 years, and the people are reluctant to abandon it. 


Caption and image by Joanne Silberner. Fiji, 2014.
Project on mental health and climate change forthcoming. More from Joanne, here reporting on cancer in the developing world.

Climate change is threatening sea-level villages like this one on the island of Viti Levu, in Fiji. Daku Bukanivanua’s house once stood here. But rainfall, heavier over the past few years, has been pouring off a nearby mountain and into the village. The sea has begun pushing in the other way, and Bukanivanua’s home has washed away.

The government would like to relocate the village. But the village has been here more than 100 years, and the people are reluctant to abandon it. 

Caption and image by Joanne Silberner. Fiji, 2014.

Project on mental health and climate change forthcoming. More from Joanne, here reporting on cancer in the developing world.