Malaita

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Malaita

 

a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, in the Solomon Islands (Melanesia). It is a possession of Great Britain. Area, 4,071 sq km. Population, 51,000 (1969). The inhabitants are Melanesians. Maximum elevation is 1,303 m. The island is covered with a dense tropical rain forest. There are plantations of coconut palms. The main city of the island is Auki.

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Hundreds died and some 20,000 were forced to flee their homes in clashes between the Gwale people of Guadalcanal and people from Malaita Island.
The armed hijackers, residents on Malaita Island, northeast of Guadalcanal, reportedly boarded the fishing boat from a canoe and ordered the vessel's captain to head for Guadalcanal.
Now called the Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM), the group armed itself with homemade weapons and tried to rid the island of settlers from nearby Malaita island.
Within a month I attended a Peace Stakeholders Conference on Malaita Island.
Fredrick Soaki, a member of the National Peace Council (NPC), died after being shot at close range in Auki, capital of Malaita island, late Monday, police spokesman Charles Lemoa said.
This concern is shared by the Kwara'ae people of Malaita Island, the largest of more than 80 local ethnic groups in Solomon Islands.
The group, which recently changed its name to the Isatabu Freedom Movement, armed itself with homemade weapons and ammunition left behind from World War II and attempted to rid the island of settlers from nearby Malaita island.
In 1988, as a result of peaceful demonstrations, several meetings were held by provincial leaders over sensitive issues between the peoples of Guadalcanal and Malaita islands.