The Chamoru people of Guahan

Guam.jpgThe Chamoru people of the island we know as Guam have waged a long struggle for an act of self-determination as a significant step in their struggle to protect their land and culture from the effects of militarisation.

Their movement for non-violent social change in their homeland is largely unknown here in Australia.

The island has served as a military base for many years and now plans are underway to increase the military presence amongst these peaceful people.

Guahan (the indigenous name for Guam) is considered to be an ideal base since it is about three hours flying time or two to three days by ship from Japan, Okinawa, Indonesia and the Philippines. Flying to China or North Korea from the West Coast of the United States takes 13 hours, from Guahan it takes four. A carrier group based at Guahan could reach Taiwan in two days.

Guahan is strategically located close to several of the worlds most important sea lanes, such as the Strait of Malacca, through which some 50% of the world’s oil passes each year.

Dr Lisa Natividad and Julian Aguon of Guam joined me during my morning programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM this morning to talk about the situation and what we can do about it. If you’d like to be more informed about the plight of the Chamoru people just click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Thanks for posting about this. I am unable to listen to the audio because of my slow connection, but before today i had been unaware of this situation.

  • Peter, I don’t get to travel a lot but when I do it’s always a reminder of how good we have it here.

    Chatting to the people from Guam reminded me again how wonderful our lifestyle is here in Perth.

  • Johnny, it’s a shame that your connection is too slow to listen to the audio. Maybe I should dump a bunch of interviews onto CDs sometime and send them to you in Africa.

  • Yes Mark, I was rather struck by the fact that the US refers to Guam as an ‘unsinkable aircraft carrier’. We can’t allow nations to be seen simply as a possession or a resource for larger nations.

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