‘Til death do us part: Village holds out against the waves

Vunisavisavi foreshore
Vunisavisavi foreshore

As the sun sets over Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, a gong sounds, calling the people to evening prayers.

Waves crash on the shoreline, inching ever closer to the village and threatening their very existence.

Children quit their games, feet muddied from playing on what was once grass, now turned to thick black silt by salt water seeping from beneath the soil.

This is Vunisavisavi, home to the impressive stone structure of Lalagavesi and the original seat of the Tui Cakau - overlord of this coast and many of the neighbouring islands . . .

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