The Pacific: They Want to Go Back to Bikini


To most people today, the word brings to mind a fetchingly skimpy swimsuit. Few now recall that Bikini was the site of the world's fourth atom ic detonation and the cradle of the hydrogen bomb. It has been 22 years since the atoll's docile people were banished by the atom, and gentling nature and the passage of time have leached away Bikini's residual radiation. Lush vegetation once more covers the island. Through their long exile, most of it on inhospitable, isolated, mosquito-plagued Kili Island, the 300 or so Bikinians have huddled in a beachfront slum, longing for their...

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