Poverty and Disadvantage in the Pacific

 

Popular images of the Pacific, including Samoa, are true. There is a tropical climate, a relaxed lifestyle, beautiful beaches and friendly locals. These are the features that make Samoa and other Pacific islands popular tourist destinations.

 

What is not so well known is the poverty and disadvantage faced by the people of so many countries across the Pacific. In the public imagination the Pacific does not rate as a major priority for international aid and development. It is often forgotten, overlooked or neglected.

Beneath the extraordinary beauty of these tropical islands and the amazing hospitality of their peoples lies suffering, poverty, lack of opportunity, unemployment and the progressive corrosion of their ancient culture. The young are often disproportionately disadvantaged because the countries of the Pacific generally have high proportions of young people.

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