Photo Gallery - September 2004
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Kate and Jonah on the foredeck looking for coral heads in the water as we motor across the lagoon to the main island (called Wotje Island). The lagoons are scattered with isolated coral heads and reefs which are poorly charted at best. Moving cautiously with a lookout on the case is the only way to cross a lagoon.
This big gun, mounted near the church shown above, was not originally places here. You can see more of the concrete apron which is the center of the village. Several people have homes built on the concrete, we imagine it is the desirable part of town as the concrete means a dry, cleaner home.
Jonah walking toward a group of kids. We are on the edge of the airstrip which is also the edge of the village. Some homes are built right on the side of the runway just behind the first row of trees.
Jordan and Jonah with the mayor of Wotje Atoll. He is holding in his hand our permit which was signed by Internal Affairs in Majuro. The permit was issued in January when we first arrived in the Marshalls but we had never used it. The Mayor claimed it was "expired" (though no expiration date was printed) because it said 2003 on the issue date and it was now 2004. Of course, regardless of this he welcomed us and took our $50 (which is the fee for Wotje and neighboring Erikub which we hoped to visit but never did).
Wotje High School at Wotje Atoll. Wotje is about 160 miles NW of Majuro and is home to one of the countries 4 regional High Schools. Students from several neighboring islands in the Ratik (Sunrise) chain of islands attend High School here.
The inside of the computer lab. They have about 20 or so computers. No internet connection of course. Just having electricity is amazing enough for the people of Wotje. The power plant was only built last year and switched on about 9 months ago.
A group of dead sea turtles. Marshall Islanders, like all Pacific Island peoples, eat sea turtles. These were quite large and were butchered that evening. Marshallese especially eat turtle at the celebration of their children's first birthday.