Author, teacher, and community activist—Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd—has been doing extraordinary work on his blog documenting the history of the peoples of the Black Pacific and their struggles. This is an often neglected part of the African Diaspora that involves Afro-descendant populations whose ancestors arrived as the first modern humans out of Africa and into Asia, and Afro-descendants who were transported across the Indian Ocean as part of the massive Arab/Muslim slave trade in the region.
In a recent post, Cloyd briefly discusses the struggles of the Aeta in the Philippines to survive in the face of the theft of their land. The Aeta are a branch of the so-called Negrito populations that are widely dispersed across Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, India, Philippines, Malaysia), and that are threatened due to loss of their lands, forced labor, and ethnic cleansing by their neighbors. Read the article below, and check out the other posts on Cloyd’s remarkable blog.
Click here to visit Cloyd’s blog: Dream of the Water Children.