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Indonesia's Bajau built their homes of coral – but now their culture is under threat. Read more about the world’s largest remaining group of sea nomads 👉

Indonesia's Bajau are the world’s largest remaining group of sea nomads – and their culture is under threat

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An island built from coral: How Indonesia’s Bajau made a home

An island built from coral: How Indonesia’s Bajau made a home

Full of life. Missing birth certificates. At risk of statelessness. These kids are members of the bajau'>Sama Bajau group. They mostly living in the southern Philippines. Thanks to a pilot project, we're working to make sure they don't fall through the cracks.

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More than 200 members of the bajau'>Sama Bajau ethnic group here were issued birth certificates in a pilot birth registration project. Read:

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A pilot programme will provide 1,500 indigenous bajau'>Sama Bajau people in the Philippines with identification documents. They will now be able to access education, health care and housing #EndStatelessness  #IBelong 

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A pilot programme will provide 1,500 indigenous bajau'>Sama Bajau people in the Philippines with identification documents. They will now be able to access education, health care and housing #EndStatelessness  #IBelong 

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A pilot programme will provide 1,500 indigenous bajau'>Sama Bajau people in the Philippines with identification documents. They will now be able to access education, health care and housing #EndStatelessness  #IBelong 

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Pirina is the first in her family to complete elementary school. She belongs to the bajau'>Sama Bajau community, which for decades has been at risk of statelessness. #EndStatelessness  #IBelong 

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The Bajau people have been diving for food for at least 1,000 years, and their bodies have changed to adapt

DNA analysis has revealed the Bajau people have evolved to survive longer underwater. Our most popular science story in 2018

The Bajau people have been diving for food for at least 1,000 years, and their bodies have changed to adapt

ICYMI: One of our more popular stories of 2018 was about the Bajau, who can stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes

DNA analysis has revealed the Bajau people have evolved to survive longer underwater

The Bajau people have been diving for food for at least 1,000 years, and their bodies have changed to adapt

Most people can hold their breath underwater for a few seconds, but the Bajau can stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes

Most people can hold their breath underwater for maybe a couple minutes—the Bajau can stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes

The Bajau people have been diving for food for at least 1,000 years, and their bodies have changed to adapt

Most people can hold their breath underwater for a few seconds, but the Bajau can stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes

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