Angaur State seeks remedy from the Republic of Germany to address the impact of their phosphate mining activities in Angaur during the German occupation of the islands from 1909 to 1914. 

The 20th Angaur State Legislature (Olbiil Era Ngeaur) in a resolution 20-16 has asked the Republic of Germany to “remove their pet macaque monkeys that they left behind and to cover up the holes that they dug up on the State of Angaur.”

“Angaur is not asking for free money. Just technical assistance and ideas on how to remedy these grave disasters that wealthy Germany imposed on the native people of Angaur,” stated Legislator Jackson Henry, President of the 20th Olbiil Era Ngeaur (President of the Angaur State Legislature).

The resolution states that the macaque monkeys that were brought to the island by the Germans, having no natural predators in Palau, have exploded in population to over 2,000, devastating the island’s agriculture and food security.

The monkeys have “ravaged all fruit trees, coconut trees, and farm produce on Angaur, making farming on the island impossible and making life on Angaur very difficult because people cannot depend on their native food for sustenance,” stated the resolution.

Over the years, various attempts to exterminate the non-native monkeys have all proven futile.  At the rate of growth, it is expected that the population of feral monkeys will soon reach 5,000.

The resolution asks the German government to remove the monkeys from Angaur once and for all. It also asks that the German government provide professional consultants to find ways to address the craters left behind from phosphate mining.

From 1909 to 1914, German company Deutsche Sudsee Phospat-Adtiengesellschaft mined approximately 284,964 long tons of phosphate from Angaur, destroying farmlands, taro patches, breadfruit trees, fruit trees, and other crops. Native Angaurians were moved from their ancient homes and relocated to the southern part of the island. The island was left with damaged land filled with craters and a pest that continues to destroy the island’s crops and livelihood to this day.

The resolution passed the Angaur legislature on January 8, 2022.

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