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Climate Change: ‘The Single Greatest Threat To Our Existence’ Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Climate Change: ‘The Single Greatest Threat To Our Existence’

Rising tides and changing ecosystems are destroying the subsistence lifestyle on many islands in Micronesia. If disease and a sinking economy don’t drive residents away, global warming just might.

SLIDESHOW: Ebeye and Majuro Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Ebeye and Majuro

Nuclear testing took a heavy toll on the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and '50s, and health effects remain. Today, the low-lying atolls are threatened by climate change.
Health Care: Migration Is Often a Matter of Survival Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Health Care: Migration Is Often a Matter of Survival

Diabetes and cancer are rampant throughout Micronesia, largely thanks to the legacy of nuclear tests and Western culture. But most islands lack adequate medical facilities, making migration a necessity.

The Odyssey of Jonithen Jackson Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Odyssey of Jonithen Jackson

This “nuclear nomad” just wants to go home. Except home is a contaminated atoll 2,000 miles away.

‘A Journey That Has No Ending’ U.S. Department of Defense

‘A Journey That Has No Ending’

Most Americans have never even heard of the Compact of Free Association, but that may change as federal aid runs out, raising urgent questions about our moral, financial and legal responsibility to Micronesians.

SLIDESHOW: Chuuk Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Chuuk

The poorest of the nations in the Federated States of Micronesia, Chuuk is also one of the largest sources of out-migration.
An Untold Story of American Immigration Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

An Untold Story of American Immigration

First we nuked their islands and then we took control of the whole region. In exchange, Micronesians can move to the U.S. without restriction. And they are coming  — by the tens of thousands — for health care, education and jobs.

The Story Behind ‘The Micronesians’ Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

The Story Behind ‘The Micronesians’

Micronesians are coming to the U.S. in large numbers, tapping taxpayers for heath care and social services. We wanted to find out why.
Join Us Oct. 27 for a Micronesia Storytelling Event

Join Us Oct. 27 for a Micronesia Storytelling Event

The first Hawaii Storytellers event focuses on stories of Micronesian immigration.