希婻‧瑪飛洑Sinan Mavivo：達悟民族，即將滅族──核廢外洩聲明稿 The Tao People facing imminent extinction -- Statement on radiation leaking from nuclear waste site
A Call from the Indigenous People of Orchid Island (Taiwan)
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The Tao People facing imminent extinction -- Statement on radiation leaking from nuclear waste site
The flying fish following their tour of the Kuroshio Current in the Pacific Ocean return once again to the beautiful bay of Orchid Island (Lanyu). The black-finned flying fish leads the way, looking for the kind hosts of Orchid Island. The fish ask, "Why aren't the people who proudly wear their loin cloths here to greet us?"
"What could have made them disappear?"
Some people say that it was because they were poisoned by cesium-137 and cobalt-60 radioactive isotopes in their environment.
These radioactive isotopes which hadn't existed in the flying fish's language before had been the cause of the Tao people's disappearance.
For 30 years, the time in which the Tao people had lived with the radioactive exposure from the nuclear waste, allowed the green gem of an island along the Kuroshio Current of the Pacific Ocean to die by drowning in the radioactive material leaked from the nuclear waste.
When the radioactive isotopes spread and poisoned the water, the soil where the taro and sweet potatoes grow has caused the Tao people to experience the rotting of their skin, nervous system abnormalities, and diseases and cancers involving bone marrow and blood.
We are calling out to anyone who can help us.
Please save us and our beautiful island!
We plead to all people of conscience to help us, to save us.