By Samantha Magick

Earlier this month the world learnt of the plight of Banabans, who had been living without fresh water for a year according to residents.

A social media post from an overseas-based Banaban gave a stark insight into the dire water shortages, and rallied support for the island’s estimated 12,000 inhabitants. Within days the Kiribati government dispatched bottled water, a desalination plant, water tanks and cement to repair existing but damaged water tanks.

One elder, Roubena Ritata told Pacnews it is a long-standing problem. “This . . .

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