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Please do not feed the badjao in Dgte

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  1. Jack Peterson

    Jack Peterson DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster SC Connoisseur Veteran Air Force

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    ah! ah! The French!

    :D I guess the dental work was too much for them to absorb! You are right of course, we have these people in all cities and countries, They really are a apart of life like it or not. if they are Expelled, WHERE? do they go?


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    To neighboring countries untill they are expelled there and go back from where they come, except to the country where they belong.
     
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    :wink: Never a Truer Word said!:wink:

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    I was in Bulgaria some years back at an outdoor cafe with a friend. We both had ordered 2 hamburgers each with beer of course.
    And the burgers were so bad we each offered the burger we hadn't open to 2 gypsy boys that were sitting on the street in front of the resturant.
    They didn't want em, they didn't want nothing to do with our charity.
    Anyway, me and my friend went inside the restaurant to wash our hands and pay our bill. And by the time we had come back outside to our table, those little f*ckers had stolen everything from our table. The burgers we had offered previously, our half-eaten burgers, they drained our beers and stole his sweater and my cigarettes.

    Them dang Gypsys are sumtin.
     
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    Badjaos are not called sea gypsies for nothing. :D
     
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    A few cases have been reported about Badjaos being this and that. We hate them and want them to be gone and perished. However, not all of them are 'gypsies' or 'evils'. There are some who are good. Briefly, they all just want to survive. The government should create or make programs for them.
     
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    that guy with the harmonica is always there he plays his xmas tune...when he walks away u can hear all the coins in his back pocket..
     
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    Show Buisness!

    :smile: Thats Show Buisness:D

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    They belong here, You are a guest

    More of Badjao
    The last of the sea nomads
    "For generations they have lived on the ocean, diving and fishing, and rarely setting foot on land. But now they risk destroying the reefs that sustain them…

    The Guardian, Saturday 18 September 2010 Article history
    Marine boy: Enal with his pet shark. Photograph: James Morgan

    Diana Botutihe was born at sea. Now in her 50s, she has spent her entire life on boats that are typically just 5m long and 1.5m wide. She visits land only to trade fish for staples such as rice and water, and her boat is filled with the accoutrements of everyday living – jerry cans, blackened stockpots, plastic utensils, a kerosene lamp and a pair of pot plants.

    Diana is one of the world's last marine nomads; a member of the Bajau ethnic group, a Malay people who have lived at sea for centuries, plying a tract of ocean between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. The origins of the Bajau diaspora are recounted in the legend of a princess from Johor, Malaysia, who was washed away in a flash flood. Her grief-stricken father ordered his subjects to depart, returning only when they'd found his daughter.

    Over generations, the Bajau adapted to their maritime environment and, though marginalised, their knowledge was revered by the great Malay sultans, who counted on them to establish and protect trade routes. They are highly skilled free divers, plunging to depths of 30m and more to hunt pelagic fish or search for pearls and sea cucumbers – a delicacy among the Bajau and a commodity they have traded for centuries.

    Since diving is an everyday activity, the Bajau deliberately rupture their eardrums at an early age. "You bleed from your ears and nose, and you have to spend a week lying down because of the dizziness," says Imran Lahassan, of the community of Torosiaje in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. "After that you can dive without pain." Unsurprisingly, most older Bajau are hard of hearing. When diving, they wear hand-carved wooden goggles with glass lenses, hunting with spear guns fashioned from boat timber, tyre rubber and scrap metal.

    The number of Bajau living on traditional lepa-lepa boats (narrow, high-prowed vessels, highly prized among the region's coastal populations) is dwindling fast, however. Nomadism has always been at odds with the fixed boundaries of the nation state, and over the last few decades controversial government programmes have forced most Bajau to settle on land. Today, many live in stilt villages such as Torosiaje, though the settlement is unique in that it lies a full kilometre out to sea.

    Ane Kasim and her son Ramdan spend six months at a time on their lepa-lepa, subsisting on whatever they can harvest from the reefs. At dusk, they gather with the other boats in the lee of a small island, beside a mangrove forest where the water is calm. They build small fires in the sterns, grilling crustaceans and boiling thin mollusc stews. Their connection with the natural surroundings is vital: "I love being at sea – fishing, rowing, just feeling everything, the cold, the heat," Ane says.

    It's not an easy life. Most lepa-lepa have rudimentary engines, but Ane can't afford one. "When I go to Torosiaje, I have to row. We don't have anything; my husband died from the cramp." She means decompression sickness, or the bends. These days, those who can afford it dive using compressors. Air is pumped through a garden hose so divers can go deeper for longer – 40m or more. Unaware of the need to restrict their exposure to pressure, countless Bajau have ended up crippled or killed by deadly nitrogen bubbles in their bloodstream.

    The practice continues, however, because it's lucrative – especially when potassium cyanide is involved. Cyanide fishing was first introduced in the Philippines by Hong Kong fishing boats looking for reef species such as grouper and Napoleon wrasse to satisfy seafood restaurants' rising demand for live fish. It quickly spread throughout the Coral Triangle, a bio-region that spans six south-east Asian countries and is home to the planet's greatest diversity of marine species, including 76% of all known corals. Divers use plastic bottles to puff poisonous clouds at target species, stunning them and damaging the coral habitat. Today, the industry is worth upwards of $800m a year, according to research by WWF.

    Torosiaje used to be flanked by teeming reefs; now there are only wastelands of broken coral, the legacy of years of dynamite and cyanide fishing. It's a common story throughout the Coral Triangle – communities destroying the environment that sustains them, driven by voracious global markets. Thankfully, things are beginning to change. Charities such as WWF and Conservation International are helping create marine management programmes that encourage sustainability through no-fish zones and a return to traditional fishing methods. It is often the Bajau who pass on such programmes to local communities.

    Traditional Bajau cosmology – a combination of animism and Islam – reveals a complex relationship with the ocean, which for them is a multifarious and living entity. There are spirits in currents and tides, in coral reefs and mangroves. Such reverence and knowledge could be used to conserve rather than destroy."

    Badjao are called Chao Leh or People of the Sea in Thailand, or moken, what they call themselves. Thai government have settled them in 2 reservates, Koh Surin in N, and Koh Lipe in S. Lot of moken live in Mergui archipelago in Burma. Solution to badjao problem, as members suggest, is to expel them to where they belong. Well, they belong here, we are only guests. Funny, but in Europe voices like here, are raised against gypsies, or roma as PC want to call them. So, what is my solution? I have no. Final solution? Please. Be happy, problem is bigger in Cebu city.

    Fantastic pic of the boy with the shark. Dont miss the additional pics galley www.jamesmorganphotography.co.uk
     
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    I fail to comprehend what this has to do with the Badjao BEGGARS that ply the boulevard! These are NOT the same people.

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