1985 Interviews with Rongelap Islanders in   "Operation Exodus" with Greenpeace during their re-location to Mejato in Kwajalein Atoll aboard the ill-fated "Rainbow Warrior"    

Sen. Jeton Anjain's 2-Part Interview in English is on the List Below:

        See Below for Featured Transcribed Interviews in English

Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior" in Rongelap lagoon during the 1985 "Operation Exodus" Rongelap evacation to Mejato Island in Kwajalein Atoll.  Weeks after the Rongelap evacuation the "Rainbow Warrior" would be mined, sabotaged and destroyed in Auckland, New Zealand by the French equivalent agency  DGSE to the U.S. CIA.  Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira died in the French attack on the Greenpeace ship en route to head an anti-nuclear regatta of 40 ships to protest French nuclear testing at Moruroa and Fangataufa in French Polynesia.  Ironically, the French mining a Greenpeace ship - and killing a crew member - brought 100 times the publicity to French nuclear testing in the 1980s than would have been otherwise.

Mejato Island in the northern portion of Kwajalein Atoll and home of the newly exiled Rongelap Islanders who abandoned their home atoll [in 1985 with the help of Green- peace] due to fears of lingering radiation from the 67 atomic and hydrogen bomb tests in their islands between 1946-58.

Senator Jeton Anjain [above and below] aboard the [ill-fated] Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior" during the historic 1985 evac- uation of the Rongelap islanders and re-location to Mejato Island in Kwajalein Atoll.  Sen. Anjain was a key figure in the decision to move the people of Rongelap, citing U.S. DOE data that showed [inhabited] Rongelap having some radiation levels equalling [uninhabited] Bikini.

You can listen to the 2-part SoundCloud audio version of Sen. Jeton Anjain [above on SoundCloud] or read the English transcription by clicking here



Schoolteacher Aisen Tima saying goodbye to his home of Rongelap Atoll during the 1985 historic "Operation Exodus" by the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior."

Carol Bolkein in her new home of Mejato
Island after the 1985 "Operation Exodus" evacuation of Rongelap Atoll with the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior" shortly before it was bombed in New Zealand. Carol was born to two Rongelap exposed parents, and died shortly after this photograph was taken.  Women on Rongelap said they never witnessed babies like Carole before the nuclear testing in their islands.
Carole Bolkein held by her grandfather
on new home island of Mejato in May 1985during the Rongelap evacuation.  Carole's parents were both exposed to high levels of fallout from Bravo in 1954.  Rongelap chose to move away because of too many children born like Carole.     [Photo by Fernando Pereira]

Featured Interviews in English - PDF Format

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This interview in English was conducted  aboard the "Rainbow Warrior," July 1985. Click here

                               Aisen Tima

  School teacher in Rongelap, during "Operation Exodus" aboard the "Rainbow Warrior," July 1985.  Click here for the English transcribed version


Fernando Pereira, the Portuguese videographer and photographer who was killed aboard the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior" in Auckland, New Zealand on July 10, 1985.  The "Rainbow Warrior" was blown up with two limpet mines attached to the underside of the hull by two DGS&E [France's CIA] scuba divers to prevent an upcoming anti-nuclear protest in French Polynesia.   Some years later one of the scuba divers who planted the limpet mines underneath the "Rainbow Warrior" apologized:    Go here:   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-3416


R.I.P. Steve Sawyer, former Director of Greenpeace Intl.

Longtime activist and campaigner against nuclear weapons [and for social justice] Steve Sawyer

succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 63.  Steve was former Director of Greenpeace International, and helped organize "Operation Exodus" during the Rongelap Islanders' evacuation in 1985.  Go here for Steve's obituary in the Washington Post:    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/steve-sawyer-greenpeace-leader-who-escaped-1985-sabotage-bombing-dies-at-63/2019/08/08/dfbe7a96-b9e7-11e9-a091-6a96e67d9cce_story.html?noredirect=on

And go here for Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior Educational Resources:


Bunny McDiarmid [R] during the 1985 Rongelap evacuation ["Operation Exodus"] with the Greenpeace ship "Rainbopw Warrior."  Bunny is Director of Greenpeace International

Go here:      https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/bios/bunny-mcdiarmid/


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Listen to this POWERFUL 1986 NPR interview with filmmaker Dennis O'Rourke re: "Half Life"

This website is designed to give voice to the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands [RMI] who have firsthand knowledge - in their bodies and DNA, in their memories and permanently in their atolls - of thermonuclear weapons and their destruction, having been at the receiving end of the United States' "foreign policy."

AtomicAtolls.org's primary mission is to provide a repository of the unfiltered history of the relationship between the U.S. and RMI through an archive of audio interviews [in both Marshallese and English*] on SoundCloud (previously unavailable to the public) and photographs of downwind Marshall Islanders who were caught in the radioactive fallout from the 67 atomic & hydrogen thermonuclear bombs detonated at Bikini and Enewetak Atolls between 1946-58.


In addition to these rare and powerful interviews conducted between 1981 and 2002 [by Glenn Alcalay & Kai Erikson], numerous unclassified U.S. government documents, U.N. testimonies, NGO reports, and other educational materials regarding nuclear testing issues in the Marshall Islands will also be made available to the public.  Lastly, a large archive of videos and documentary films about the Nuclear Age, from the Manhattan Project to Weapons in Space will be made available.

Our website is dedicated to aolep dri-Majol, people of the Marshall Islands - especially the youth - and all of the glorious people who reside on our dear Mother Earth.  If there is a theme or a meme that truly captures the character and the spirit of this website, it is this:  America nuked the Gentle People.

Glenn Alcalay

Peace Corps Volunteer, Utrok Atoll 1975-1977

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