[D-5] Let’s Meet the World: Nauru
Nauru is located in Oceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean. Its climate is tropical with a monsoonal pattern; rainy season from November to February. Its terrain is surrounded with sandy beach which rises to fertile ring around raised coral reefs with phosphate plateau in center
Nauru is a very small country which joined UN in 1999 as the world’s smallest independent republic. Its size is about 0.1 times the size of Washington, DC, along with 30km (equivalent to about 18.6 miles) of coastline of the entire country. It once was one of the richest countries in the world in 1980s due to its excavation of large amount of phosphates. However, excavation not only made the country’s altitude significantly low, but also phosphates to become nearly depleted. As a result, the country became poor and lost most of its one of the best selling natural resources, phosphates.
However, Nauru is now working to have brighter future! Yeony and Suny visited Nauru Pavilion, and we could find interesting phrase: “Nauru, the Land Fed by the Pacific Ocean”. There was a picture of frigate bird next to the phrase! Frigate Bird is National Bird of Nauru, and it is treated ‘thankfully’ because its excrements on coral reefs later become phosphates! Yeony and Suny now once more surprised by the Mother Nature!
Today is the National Day of Nauru, and Nauru celebrated its National Day at Expo Hall with great performance! The performance team is called “Yaren Youth Group”. The team performed Dogoropa dance which was once used as a religious ritual to call 9 gods of ancient Nauru.
Then let’s enjoy the performance with some photos!