Wrong Side of Paradise

Photographs for TIME by John Wilson

Swampland Rohit Kumar's tiny home is located in a mosquito-infested area, where refuse abounds and local children play near fetid, open drains

The call to Semiti Qalowasa was brief. The anonymous male said: "Stop working with the squatters and exposing corruption, otherwise you are forcing us to come and rape your wife, and kill your kids and you as well."

"I didn't take it seriously," says the Fijian social worker. "I thought it was just someone who disliked the government. It didn't stop me moving about the community." That was until he turned up for work and found the office of his NGO, the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy, smeared with excrement. "Then I started to...

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