Bikini Atoll nuclear refugees may face second exile due to climate change
July 3, 2015
After US nuclear tests displaced them, many Bikinians in the Marshall Islands are again looking for a new home
When the U.S. relocated Bikini Atoll residents in 1946 to test atomic bombs, Bikinians expected to move back within months. Instead, radioactive contamination made it too dangerous to return, so they wandered among the Marshall Islands before ending up on the tiny islands of Kili and Ejit. Now exiled Bikinians are again looking for a new home, this time because of climate change. After devastating floods have made life on Kili and Ejit tenuous, residents are appealing to the U.S. to use a nuclear testing compensation fund to secure land on Hawaii and the mainland. In this excerpt from America Tonight, Sheila MacVicar travels to Micronesia to speak with Bikinians searching for yet another homeland and to find out what the U.S. is and isn’t doing to help them.