ISLAND NATIVES' STATUS
Your leading article on the future of the natives in the islands was timely and interesting, particularly so to many of us who were on active service there for two and a half years; and when a person of authority, a servant of the Crown, intimates that the buoyant economic status enjoyed by the natives at present will slump to pre-war standards, one wonders whether, after all, these dusky children of nature, so loyal and so simple, are to be denied the fruits of victory and the democracy that should follow. The natives did not know what true democracy was until the troops arrived in their island homes. Racial segregation was marked and the pittances they received in return for honßt toil were a disgrace to the white race; while the Courts dispensed a socalled justice that was harsh, and far from just. Perusal of Court files picked up by our troops in operations on one lonely Pacific isle accentuated what we haki learned on a bigger island farther south. Allied scouting parties, moving ahead of the troops in the jungle-choked islands, absolutely relied upon the native ingenuity and instinct for pinpointing enemy positions and hideouts. These diminutive Solomon Islanders always had a friendly smile and showed a total disregard for danger and a contempt for the enemy that was remarkable in the circumstances. Without them and their Fijian brothers, victory would have been, and still is, well nigh impossible. COCONUT BOMBER.
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ISLAND NATIVES' STATUS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
ISLAND NATIVES' STATUS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
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