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First Official Climate Change Refugees Evacuate Their Island Homes For Good : Treehugger

They're the first official refugees of global warming --and they're packing up their lives to move out of the way of ever-rising waters that threaten to overtake their homes and crops. The island they call home will be completely underwater by 2015 . This story first broke a couple years ago, when it was first suggested that these islanders could become climate change refugees. But now that it's actually happening--seems no one's paying attention. And though the scenario isn't as apocalyptic as some might imagine, life for the islanders has indeed all but become impossible on the Cartarets: On the Carterets, king tides have washed away their crops and rising sea levels poisoned those that remain with salt.

Around 3,000 Armenian Christian residents fled for their lives, taking refuge in neighbouring Latakia and Bassit. However, a dozen or so families with members too elderly to leave remained in Kessab and were subsequently takenhostage, Barnabas Fund said. Of those who fed, some relatives were reportedly staying with relatives and and friends,but many Christians were seen sheltering in over-crowded church buildings. DISPLACED FAMILIES Barnabas Fund said partners in Syria have been helping the displaced Christian families, who fled empty-handed. The group explained wisma that its workers are are providing food, clothing, hygiene materials and other essentials. Following the Islamist takeover of Kessab, a strategically important town, the Syrian army launcheda counter-offensive to regain control of the territory but fighting still continues, according to aid workers. Kessab was the last border crossing with Turkey still in Syrian government hands. It had previously beenrelatively peaceful and was full of refugees who had fled violence in other parts of Syria, Barnabas Fund said. Barnabas Fund expressed concern that Turkey, which has sided with the rebels in the Syrian civil war has provided access for fighters,money and supplies, and allowed hundreds of Islamist militants to cross its border on Friday to attack Kessab.

This story first broke a couple years ago, when it was first suggested that these islanders could become climate change refugees. But now that it's actually happening--seems no one's paying attention. And though the scenario isn't as apocalyptic as some might imagine, life for the islanders has indeed all but become impossible on the Cartarets: On the Carterets, king tides have washed away their crops and rising sea levels poisoned those that remain with salt. The people have been forced to move.

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