Portraits of Resilience

My Homeland Forever

Tuvalu consists of eight islands and many islets. Close to the capital of Funafuti there was one very special place, where people used to play and have fun and just relax under the sun. Its name is Tepukasavilivili.

“What was once land, is now just a pile of sand.”

Tuvalu consists of eight islands and many islets. Close to the capital of Funafuti there was one very special place, where people used to play and have fun and just relax under the sun. Its name is Tepukasavilivili.

This islet was once full of trees and animals but over that past 30 years it has been swallowed up by the sea. Slowly eroding over that past few years, Tepukasavilivili has gone from a gem in the South Pacific, to a bare land where nothing grows.

It is sad but also scary to think that Tuvalu might become a pile of sand. Just like Tepukasavilivili. But no matter what, I will stand by my country because I love Tuvalu and it will be my homeland forever.

— Riiti Conway

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