Badjaos, 2008 A silent disappearance - work in progress
Global warming, intensive fishing, threaten the lives of the last nomads of the sea.
Lost on the borders of northern Borneo, the Celebes archipelago in Indonesia and the southern Philippines, sailing on the Sulu and Celebes seas, thousands of real nomads from the Badjao Sea see their way of life threatened, just like their sedentary cousins and all the populations of the region who live fishing on the shoals. Millions of people are concerned.
El Niño, an unusually warm ocean current, is the major cause of destruction of one of the richest and most diverse underwater ecosystems in the world, threatening people and their resources. It is at the origin of a recrudescence of typhoons, torrential rains, the rising waters, and the increase of their acidity.
In this area, a veritable powder keg, where pirates, Muslim extremists now linked to Daesh, corrupt police officers, traffickers of all kinds (humans, drugs, cigarettes, weapons ...), some thousands of stateless nomads try to survive, victims of these armed groups.