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Thursday 5 October - Panama’s Vanishing Islands
Guna Yala archipelago is made up of 51 low-lying island communities off the Caribbean coast of Panama. They are populated by the Guna people: Latin America’s most fiercely independent, and many would say – most savvy - indigenous group, who number around 80,000 people. The Guna are in trouble. Rising sea levels as a result of climate change, together with a growing population, threaten their homes. The Guna aren’t alone of course - millions of people around the globe could be displaced from mostly coastal villages as the oceans envelop land in the coming decades. But unlike most vulnerable communities, the Guna have a plan to save themselves.