Bjørn
Stig
Hansen

Heavy rain floods Han Island.House wall on Piul Island.Binoculars from an abandoned foreign vessel, which sank with 10 islanders trapped inside.Boat left by a failed foreign fishing project is used for collecting drift wood.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.Kids hunting sharks with knifes and spears.Trees are cut down to expand the clinic on Han Island.Showers.Wreck on the outer reef near Huene Island.Tern caged by kids on Huene Island.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.400 hundred years ago a flotilla of canoes crossed the 80 km (49.7 miles) of open sea between Bougainville and the Tulun Islands in the Solomon Sea. The tribe's isolated existence on the islands ever since has helped preserve customs and beliefs now lost where they originated from. Within a few generations the islands are expected to be submerged by the rising sea forcing the 1000 islanders to search for new land.

Tulun

The Tulun people live a simple life without stable electricity and use wooden canoes to travel between the islands on top of the their Atoll’s 61 km (37.9 miles) long reef. Like many communities from low lying Pacific islands the Tulun people fear that the sea will submerge their island within few generations, and they have begun the quest for new land. Each of the six islands on the atoll can be crossed on foot in minutes and stands few feet above sea level at the highest point. The 1000 inhabitants are virtually caught on sinking land with the nearest neighbour situated 80 km (49.7 miles) away across open sea.

The photographs were taken after the 2008 flooding