I was recently was fortunate enough to holiday in the Cook Islands. We spent time on Rarotonga – gorgeous, calm and tropical and then made our way to the tiny island of Aitutaki. A more spectacular place – I’ve never seen.
What I realised after just a few days there though, was that despite the postcard-like scenery, living on a tiny island so isolated has it’s share of troubles.
I visited the Red Cross (below) and met with a lovely lady known to locals as “Mother” and discussed with her the major areas of need on the island. With food costing $5 per kilo to bring in produce grown on the island is an essential however the dire shortage of rain over the past few months had made things extremely difficult. We also discussed the cyclones of the past (see the photo of the flattened house) and the prevalence of STIs on the island.