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Lives well lived. The legacy of anti-nuclear campaigning in Tahiti

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Thousands of Maohi workers staffed the French nuclear test sites at Hao, Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls in French Polynesia, during the thirty years of French nuclear testing between 1966 and 1996. Five years after the last French test, the association Moruroa e Tatou (Moruroa and Us) took up their cause.

John Taroanui Doom, Bruno Barrillot and Roland Oldham co-founded the association on 4 July 2001, eventually uniting a membership of thousands of former workers. They spent years challenging successive French governments and local Tahitian leaders who refused to address the health and environmental consequences of nuclear testing.

Sadly, all three men have died in recent years – but their work lives on, with a younger generation picking up the torch.

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