Today, in many villages throughout Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and other parts of the Pacific, there are families that have many questions as to what happed to their father, grandfather, uncle and aunty. Did they have children and granchildren? Did they make the journey? Where did they go? What happened to them?
Similarly in Queensland and Fiji, the decendants of those recruited may now have hundreds of family members from a single “recruit” who seek their own information about which Island or village their grandfather or grandmother came from and what the village is like today. Do they remember?
Australian South Sea Islanders seek to reunite with family members of those that remain in their original village and to take the journey home. It is widely accepted that whilst the majority of Australian and Fijian South Sea Islanders have some very general knowledge of where their grandparents came from in a broader sense, (ie: somewhere in Vanuatu or Solomon Islands) in the majority of cases they don’t know their true island, village, names and customs, their families and have had little or no contact.
Blackbird is operating the Finding Family Blong Yumi program in Australia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and New Calendonia as a free service and to date has still not received any government funding.
If you are ready to take the next step in finding your family then please click on the link below.