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Mustafa Rising
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In this chapter, the author explains how he reached Atori’s west-coast village of Dala to meet Knoxley Atu, an active member of the Malaita Eagle Force. To the audience, Atu related the 1927 Malaita massacre, the British crackdown on Maasina Ruru, and how the governments of Solomon Mamaloni had worked to divide Malaitans against one another. He lambasted Sogavare, whom he decried as a corrupt and malign leader with an innately anti-Malaitan agenda, and soon descended into racially charged criticism of those in Honiara. For three years, Atu and his allies had been pushing the Malaita provincial government to prohibit Chinese investment. Many Malaitans remain apathetic or uninformed about the advantages and disadvantages of dealing with China. In Fataleka, there was no evidence of any benefits from aid or investment relationships with traditional Western donors: the region remained mired in subsistence living and acute poverty.

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