Author: Claire Bonello

The title of this piece is borrowed from the title of a video clip about Nauru, which is tagged as “the country which ate itself”. The floundering fortunes of a small island in the Pacific may seem to be removed from our reality but the four-minute video about Nauru shows some ominous parallels. Like Malta, Nauru is tiny, spanning 22 kilometres. It was rich in phosphates, which was mined mercilessly and unsustainably from the ground. Following Nauru’s acquisition of independence, it continued mining and exporting phosphates and its fortunes skyrocketed. In 1974, it had the second highest GDP per capita in…

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