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Angam Day

October 26
Nauru is an island in the Pacific, about 2,200 miles northeast of Sydney, Australia, and 2,400 miles southwest of Honolulu. Over the past 100 years, the existence of Nauruans has been threatened a number of times—by tribal disputes in the 1870s, which reduced the population to fewer than 1,000, and by an influenza epidemic in 1919. During World War II, two-thirds of the population was deported by the Japanese to the Caroline Islands to build airstrips.
Although the population has increased substantially since then, it is still a cause for concern. Angam Day (angam means "hope") on October 26 commemorates the various occasions when the Nauruan population has reached 1,500, which is considered the minimum number necessary for survival.
CONTACTS:
Nauru Mission to the UN
800 Second Ave., Ste. 400D
New York, NY 10017
212-937-0074
www.un.int

Celebrated in: Nauru

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