Our first story about the French Polynesian island of Makatea came out on May 4, 2021 with Hakai Magazine. There’s also an audio edition, which was a lot of fun for me to read!
Now the story is running again, this time in French, with Courrier International. This will make the story more accessible for the people of Makatea, as well as those in other French speaking areas. I did the fieldwork and research in French (mostly), but the article itself was all written in English. I’m grateful to have this translation.
“Une bonne partie de cet atoll français a été défigurée au XXe siècle par l’exploitation du phosphate. Alors qu’une compagnie australienne veut relancer l’extraction minière, l’île polynésienne débat de son avenir.”