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Louisiana’s vanishing island, the climate ‘refugees’ resettling for $52m

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Wenceslaus Billiot, father of deputy chief Boyo Billiot. The proud world war two veteran and tribal elder may be forced to leave the home he has known all his life. Photograph: Charlie Varley for the Guardian
Isle de Jean Charles has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to rising sea levels – but as remaining residents consider relocation, what happens next is a test case to address resettlement needs

March 15, 2016 — Wenceslaus Billiot, an 88-year-old native of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, remembers growing up on a much different island than the two-mile sliver of his ancestral home that remains today.

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