'It’s our right to be here': the Torres Strait Islanders fighting to save their homes from a rising sea
An entire way of life is under threat in the Torres Strait, where locals have taken their case to the United NationsKabay Tamu slows his dusty white ute to walking speed on the dirt road that runs along the south-western shoreline of Warraber, a tiny coral cay in the Torres Strait that is home to about 250 people.“This was the best spot for a day out,” 28-year-old Tamu says, recalling his childhood. Continue reading...
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Phillemon Mosby works on Poruma to strengthen the sleeping Kulkalgau Ya language he was taught by...Phillemon Mosby works on Poruma to strengthen the sleeping Kulkalgau Ya language he was taught by his grandmotherIn a community garden on the island of Poruma in the late 1980s, Lillah Pearson never stopped speaking Kulkalgau Ya to her grandson, Phillemon Mosby.Kulkalgau Ya, spoken on the central islands of the Torres Strait, is one of the four dialects of the Kala Lagaw Ya language. Continue reading...
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