A long white beach, coconut palms and crystal clear water. We are snorkelling in the Ironbottom Sound, off the north coast of Guadalcanal Island, 30 minutes’ drive away from the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara. On our way to the beach, navigating the potholes in the road, we were greeted by dancing dark-skinned children with sun-bleached afro hair. It is a contrast with a violent past. A big war memorial in Honiara keeps the war memory alive here. But aside from that it is difficult to imagine that this was the scene of a massacre during the invasion of August 1942 when the American ground troops and marines attacked the Japanese occupying forces. Photos from that period show the beach where we are now swimming littered with the bodies of dead soldiers. Now nothing recalls these war atrocities, apart from a small war monument in the shape of the wreckage of an American landing craft in the crystalline water. Multi-coloured fish have found a home here and swim amongst the remnants of rusty metal.
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