5.19.2003

Manihiki is one of the northern islands in the Cooks. It's a beautiful example if an Atoll. I was reading Manihiki's online newspaper about a convicted scam artist who calls himself Albert Tshabalala. He was recently released from prison on the island of Manihiki (population 662) in the Cooks after serving a stint for passing forged checks. Nobody seems to know what to do with him. The only thing the government knows for sure about Tshabalala is that he is African and that he arrived in the Cooks from Fiji. He has a forged passport that has been traced back to a South African woman, so the government doesn’t know which country to send him back to. And Tshabalala isn’t telling. Currently, he can be found riding his bicycle around the island, working as an itinerant shoe cobbler. The Manihiki newspaper, The Independent, reports that Tshabalala’s antics are “starting to embarrass Government authorities and people are getting angry about it,” adding “The policies governing Immigration are often deficient and lack the right political input.”
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On June 21, 2003, Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair moved from Los Angeles to the South Pacific. Our first stop is Rarotonga, a tiny island in the South Pacific. We're bringing our two young daughters with us.

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