China’s “way of doing things” has leaked to the Solomon Islands – and it will be hard to get it back

It is not wrong that the Solomon Islands are also known as the Hapy Islands.

They laugh like everyone else, “stories” with each other in hundreds of languages ​​across a nation spread across nine diverse provinces and nearly 1,000 islands.

But, lately, the Hapy Islands have been getting a bit of a rage.

On a walk around Honiara, it’s easy to see why.

The roads have endless potholes. Trash everywhere. Many live in misery, leaving their Bedouin village to live in search of the best in the capital.

And a lot of people, especially young people, are still searching.

More than 70 percent of the population of the Solomon Islands is under the age of 35.

The majority of Solomon Islands residents are under the age of 35.

And while there are countless young Solomon Islanders doing incredible things for their country and communities, others are struggling.

They are bored. They chew the local tonic petlinut, drink kwassu, the local house brew, and get into trouble. They take drugs and steal.

Sometimes they riot. In November, angry mobs – mostly young men – set buildings on fire in Honiara’s Chinatown.

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