They were brought to St Helena Island from West Africa as slaves to work the land and when they were finally freed, the Gullah Geechee bought the island. Now descendants of these former slaves, continue to live as their ancestors did – speaking the same Creole language and preserving their culture and traditions. But now their way of life is being threated by strengthening hurricanes, sea level rise and erosion caused by climate change. They risk losing their culture as the land disappears.
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