Gili Air is a small island not far from the famous Bali, Indonesia. Along the beaches, lodgings and restaurants are springing up to accommodate the tourists. However, the island still maintains its rural charm, as tourism is relatively new. Indeed, the local residents, especially the older generation, still make their living as boatmen, fishermen and coconut farmers. Thanks to foreign currency, more locals have access to goods like the satellites, and some have even started building new concrete houses. There are no police stations as theft basically does not exist, and the locals are proud to manage their issues autonomously. Unfortunately, with rise in land prices, landlords are evicting tenants without any notice in order to sell their properties.

Maria Teresa Bilotta​

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