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Nauru, Central Pacific

The world’s smallest island republic searches for a sustainable future... but is money laundering or hosting Australia's unwanted boat people the answer? Too small to mint its own currency, Nauru for a time became a tax haven, attracting money launderers.

The prosperity of this tiny equatorial nation relied until recently on phosphate rock, that is, ossified bird droppings, a resource now almost depleted. Inside the reef, a lush equatorial coastline belies the moonscape of the heavily-mined interior. Nauru's few visitors can fish for marlin, yellowfin tuna, skipjack, barracuda and more. More recently, Nauru hosted a "dumping ground" or transit camp for some of Australia's illegal immigrants. But is this really an appropriate role for an independent nation?

Original images were 35mm Fujichrome or Ektachrome transparencies. Hi-res. scans are available for licensing, please visit wwww.travelgame.org.

Anibare Bay
Anibare Bay
Anibare Bay
Anibare Bay
Anibare Bay
Anibare Bay
World War Two pillbox
World War Two pillbox
Parliament of the Republic of Nauru
Parliament of the Republic of Nauru
Children playing at dusk
Children playing at dusk
Buada Lagoon, Nauru's only inland open water
Buada Lagoon, Nauru's only inland open water
Grave sites
Grave sites
Schoolyard
Schoolyard
WWII Japanese AA gun on Command Ridge
WWII Japanese AA gun on Command Ridge
A roost for captive frigate birds
A roost for captive frigate birds
Feeding a captive frigate bird
Feeding a captive frigate bird
Feeding a captive frigate bird
Feeding a captive frigate bird
Train which once hauled phosphate rock
Train which once hauled phosphate rock
Moonscape bequeathed by phosphate mining
Moonscape bequeathed by phosphate mining
Coral pinnacle
Coral pinnacle
Arriving on Air Nauru
Arriving on Air Nauru
I-Kiribati (Gilbert Islander) boatmen
I-Kiribati (Gilbert Islander) boatmen
Phosphate loading cantilevers
Phosphate loading cantilevers
Phosphate loading cantilevers
Phosphate loading cantilevers