Challenges of relocation

During my time on Fanalei, I learned that relocation from the island to the adjacent mainland of South Malaita is already occurring. Villagers try to escape from the incoming high tide, which regularly floods large parts of the settlement.

High tide at Fanalei

People of Fanalei only own very little land on the mainland and the relocation of currently around 300 people has already caused major land disputes. The remaining inhabitants of Fanalei Island fear that they will trigger even greater discontent and disputes. Therefore, they choose to stay on the island although they believe that the place is no longer safe from the sea.