Ambae exodus now complete; community-led response assisting displaced people around Vanuatu

People displaced by the Manaro Voui eruption need your help. Photo: Santo Ambae Disaster Support Community

People displaced by the Manaro Voui eruption need your help. Photo: Santo Ambae Disaster Support Community

Ambae is now empty of people. The island’s population Read the rest of this entry »

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Humanitarian response rolls out to support evacuees amid reports food supplies running out

 

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Latest official advice says Ambae eruption is stabilising; island’s water supplies made toxic by volcanic ash

Video still taken of the Manaro Voui volcano, 1 Octover 2017. Photo: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

Video still taken of the Manaro Voui volcano crater lake, 1 October 2017. Photo: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

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Hao nao Tagaro i mekem Ambae – the kastom story of how Ambae was made

Ambae and red mat

This is a segment of a long story that explains the formation of Ambae told by Vanuatu Cultural Centre fieldworker James Ngwero, from the Ndui Ndui area of West Ambae. Tagaro is the deity traditionally considered to be responsible for creating the island of Ambae. The story is taken from the Vanuatu National History Curriculum textbook Histri blong Yumi long Vanuatu (Volume 1, p. 3).

Ambae aelan long fastaem hem i ston nomo. Nao Tagaro i sanem tufala man i kam daon i talem long tufala se, “Yutufala i go daon. Yu lukluk long ples daon.” Tufala man ia nem blong tufala i Vavarai Aho wetem Ngwera Kandiri. Taem tufala i kam daon i luk, be olgeta ples i ston nomo.

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Ambae volcano’s crater lakes make it a serious threat to Vanuatu

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Ambae volcano crisis: unprecedented mass evacuation facing difficulties

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

Awareness sessions have been taking place across Ambae to discuss how the evacuation of Ambae’s 11,000+ people —4% of Vanuatu’s total population– will Read the rest of this entry »


Government wants 10,000 land subdivisions set up throughout Vanuatu

Government wants over 10,000 subdivisions throughout the country. DG of the Ministry of Lands Joe Ligo is passionate about subdivisions everywhere. He wants subdivisions on town green spaces, on Tanna, Ambae, Malakula, he said in a press conference this week. He says he will sell every green space in town. “Many people come to the Lands Ministry,” said Ligo, who can only be speaking of foreigners, “and they say there are so many places without anything suitable happening on them. It is much better these places have houses built upon them.” He adds, as heard on Radio Vanuatu this morning: “It is a right that every citizen has property.”

Joe, every ni-Vanuatu already has property under the Vanuatu Constitution. Their land. But if the reckless selling of land leases that you are proposing is allowed to go ahead, ni-Vanuatu won’t have their land for much longer.

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