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Posted on October 28, 2012 by Admin

‘The sea level is rising,’ she explains. The sea has moved in about 150m in just the last decade, taking with it in its path many of the beautiful old churches.

‘This church was build in 1934. When the sea level rose, the church fell down.’

Crumbling walls, weathered from red brick to brown, the collapsed church is like a ruined castle that has been claimed by its own moat. As the tide rises, it stands miniature in the wide ocean, like a toy house in a fish bowl.

Mrs Mien’s family have been fishing this shore for generations.

‘My grandparents used to live here to take care of boats.  Now they are old the duty passes me, my husband and my children,’ she says.

The changes will have the impact will have a significant change on generations to come.

But they try not to dwell.

We just stay here with our sea while the level rises. We will think about it later.

Last year a concrete dyke was finished, which slows the inevitable.

‘Before building this dyke, the storm used to come in and the people had to carry a hundreds of bag of sands to keep the dyke from breaking down. Now the current dyke is very strong, so it makes people less worried.

But it is still a worry that all the village share.

‘The more the sea rises, the more we think about it.’

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