Bajau people banned from living on land

Bajau people of Malaysia are refugees banned from living on land. SAILING over crystal clear waters, the Bajau people of Malaysia live their lives almost entirely at sea.

For some of us, owning a home by the sea is something of a dream. But for the Bajau people,life on the water is just a part of who they are.

Children as young as four catch fish, octopus and lobsters from handmade boats off the eastern coast of Sabah, Malaysia.

They visit the land only briefly in order to trade fish for rice, water and other staples.

During the day, they fish and sail around the coast, looking to sell food, before returning to their huts as soon as the sun goes down.

Choo Kia says: “When most people see these photographs they are attracted by the unique scene and the lifestyle these people are living. However, in my opinion this is a situation that should be controlled. The children should be educated on topics like the environment and hygiene, and I personally do not encourage people to grow up there.”

 

Source: Bajau community

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