Photo Credit: Anurag Bakhshi
Looking down from our seats in the helicopter it was obvious. Our suspicions were confirmed.
Notwithstanding the difficulty these people must have experienced in transporting themselves, their families and all the materials necessary, to this remote volcanic island. A small piece of land which would not ordinarily merit inclusion on most maps of the world. Somehow they had bypassed all the planning regulations so carefully monitored and enforced by the government.
Instead of the the small group of tents and temporary camp the wild-life film crew had assured them would be all that was necessary, they had managed to build a virtual community. They had built everything, houses, a school, shopping mall and all the other needs of a small town.
The planning officer would not be very happy when I returned with the film footage.