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The Pacific in crisis
 
Tonga's government is struggling to pay back $174m in debt, largely accrued through foreign loans
Rural Tonga struggles to deal with how to productively use the land
Watermelons are one of the few crops grown in Tonga. But they are bulky and hard to export overseas
Some say half the watermelon crop is not exported because of irregular shipping routes
Tongan children have high literacy levels but there are few jobs available on the Pacific Islands
The only real hope for their future employment is to leave Tonga and get a job overseas
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