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Kiribati Sinks as Pacific Ocean Rises. Where Will Its People Go?

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    Aerial photo of Tarawa Island, Kiribati.

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    A man hangs his laundry in Tarawa’s Bairiki village, one of the most high-density slum areas in Kiribati.

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    Men relax in hammocks during the afternoon heat.

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    A family lies on the gravestone of a relative at the village cemetery. Ancestors are almost always buried on family land, whether within the village or beside or under the house.

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    Te Bikenikoora village on Tarawa has been particularly affected by the rising sea level, with mature palm trees dying from salt poisoning and people being forced to relocate their houses or swim home at high tide.

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    A girl and her pig in the fetid waters of Bairiki, a densely populated slum in Tarawa, the nation’s capital.

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    Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong, outside his oceanfront office.

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    Villagers on Abaiang atoll gather for movie night in the maneaba, a communal meeting house that serves as a church and government office.

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    A disabled man fills a water bottle in the old fishing market in Tarawa. Disability is stigmatized in Kiribati because it’s associated with black magic.

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    A nun with students at Saint Joseph’s College, one of the country’s most prestigious schools.

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    At the Seamans Night Club in the Tarawa port district, a couple sways.

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    Children play on the airport landing strip in Tarawa.

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    A boy plays in the polluted water at high tide in front of the Bairiki slum.

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