The Pacific Atlantis: Disappearing Island
series: Global 3000
air date: 7/13/14 6:00 AM
Kiribati: The Pacific Atlantis - Pristine white sands, palm trees and the simple life - at first sight, many would envy the Kiribati islanders. That blissful appearance is deceptive, however. The inhabitants of the chain of South Sea atolls are feeling the effects of climate change first hand. Some scientists are predicting that large parts of the nation will have disappeared completely by the end of the century. Climate refugees from the outer islands are already fleeing to the main island of Tarawa. The consequences are unemployment, domestic violence, and competition for food. Koin Etuati gives advice to schools, initiates theater productions and encourages parents to send their children to school - in the interests of giving the new arrivals a chance in their new home. ** One for All: Rwanda's health insurance as a model for Africa - Over 90% of Rwanda's population have health insurance coverage. As the state is unable to bear the costs alone, the health care system is funded jointly by a range of international partners. Rwanda aims to up its status from developing nation to newly industrializing economy by 2020. With that in mind, President Paul Kagame sees health care and education as crucial to rebuilding the country - and fostering long-term ethnic reconciliation following the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus in the 1990s. The country has already seen a decline in chronic illnesses. Treatment is now available for malaria, tuberculosis and diarrhea as is therapy for HIV patients. Recycled Music: The Garbage Orchestra from Paraguay - "The world sends us garbage - we send back music". That's the motto of Favio Chavez. He opened a music school in Cateura on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion. There's no money for instruments - but no shortage of refuse in the neighborhood. Gomez turns the garbage into violins, guitars, cellos and other musical instruments. The orchestra he started has had invitations to perform around the world. A documentary film about the project called "Landfill Harmonic" has received backing from crowd funding. Questionnaire: Nirmala Khati from Nepal - Nirmala Khati is 30 years old and lives in Jharuwarashi in the Lalitpur district of Nepal. She runs an orphanage and loves her job. She is concerned about the future of "her children", however - and if and when they will be able to fend for themselves.
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