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EMI KOCH

sand beaches, crystal clear water and a dense jungle halting just before the tideline—at a glance, Indonesia’s Morotai Island is about as pristine and inviting as anything you’ve ever seen on a postcard. But as beautiful and isolated as it may seem, the community that calls the island home doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and they face many of the same problems

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