Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is an archipelago in the continent of Oceania, located in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia. An archipelago is a cluster or chain of islands. There are eight large islands and over 900 smaller islands that make up the country.

The Solomon Islands are volcanic and mountainous and nearly 90 percent of the land is forested. This mountainous, rocky, and wooded landscape makes it difficult to construct buildings and roads. Due to this there are very few buses or taxis and no trains. Everyone has to find his own way of travelling which is usually done by small paddle boats.

There are many local languages in the Solomon Islands. The official language is English, but only about 2% of the population can speak English easily. If you want to talk to locals, you’ll need to speak Pijin. Pijin, is a language based on English but includes words and sounds of local languages too.

The climate in the Solomon Islands is hot and humid, with strong winds and heavy rains all year-round. Most of the people live in small villages and work as farmers or fisherfolk, but the harsh climate makes this work difficult. To help their families earn money many children work from a young age. Because of this and the fact that not all villages have schools, less than 50% of children attend primary school and even fewer go to secondary school.

Christianity is the Solomon Islands main religion. In the Islands there are many missionaries who help to share the love of God by providing help, care, and praying with the islanders. One group of Missionary Sisters serving the Solomon Islands were inspired by St Vincent de Paul, who dedicated his life to helping those in need. The film below shows these Religious Sisters working with children in the Solomon Islands. Can you hear any of the words that the children sing?

The above is an excerpt from a longer film created by @HNMSTv HNMSTV stands for Holy Name of Mary Seminary. This Seminary is located in Tenaru- Honiara – Solomon Islands.