MAJURO, Marshall Islands (PRWEB) May 10, 2017
Throughout all of Jim Philippo’s interactions and travels with Iroijlaplap Imata Jabro Kabua, he has seen this man as one who affects the outcome of destiny through his interaction with many of his people or with just about anyone. Philippo considers Kabua as the “kindly king,” who goes out of his way to those who are in need of his services. Kabua has been known to say, “I am only good as a servant to my people.”
In “Kwajalein Atoll: The Legacy of Faith and Hope,” (published by Xlibris in December of 2016) Philippo tells the epic tale of the Kwajalein Atoll situated in the mid-Pacific Ocean. This is the untold historical saga of the mass evacuation of native citizens to a stricken barren island in the late 1950s. It is narrated and told by Iroijlaplap Imata Kabua and his sources regarding the U.S. military Use and Operating Rights Agreements (MUORA) between the U.S. government and Republic of the Marshall Islands government (RMI) and the Land Use Agreement (LUA) between the RMI and Kwajalein landowners.
According to Philippo, this story also relates just how the citizens of these islands were forced to evacuate from their homeland to inhospitable locations so the U.S. military could strategically use this atoll as an ideal missile target zone. “It is a tale of the native people, who were evacuated in the interest of a US Military build-up without any due regard and concern for any future consequences that would befall these native citizens,” Philippo added.
“Kwajalein Atoll: The Legacy of Faith and Hope” includes interviews with Iroijlaplap Imata Jabro Kabua himself, many of his close colleagues and subjects who took part in the protests and demonstrations that were held when he began his journey leading and standing at the edge of adventure as an advocate in politics, taking the helm of the nation as the second president of the Republic and as the Paramount Iroijlaplap (King) of the largest land parcels on Kwajalein Atoll and the Atolls of the Kabin Meto, and certain Ralik Chain Islands in the Marshall Island archipelago.
“Kwajalein Atoll: The Legacy of Faith and Hope”
By Jim Philippo
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 272 pages | ISBN 9781499062540
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 272 pages | ISBN 9781499062533
E-Book | 272 pages | ISBN 9781499062557
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Jim Philippo was born in the Marshall Islands on Imoroj in Jaluit Atoll. He graduated from National University in San Diego, California, with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. He resides in the Marshall Islands in Ajeltake, Majouro Atoll. This is his first book to be published. He currently holds the post of assistant commissioner of police in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
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