Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.

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The First Australians in Utopia

By on February 19, 2014

Aboriginals had the continent to themselves for 50,000 years. Today, they make up less than three percent of the population, and their traditional lifestyle is disappearing. Almost. In the homelands, the ancient ways live on.

John Pilger’s Utopia catalogs a horrendous history of racist treatment by European settlers – extermination, internment and slavery, progressing today, to mere deprivation and impoverishment.

The houses – or more accurately shacks – of Utopia lack electricity and decent plumbing. Countries like Sri Lanka have eliminated trachoma, here, in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, it is rife.

Source: National Geographic June 2013 and New Internationalist December 2013

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