Indigenous people guard forest after Typhoon Morakot


  • 原住民    yuán zhù mín    indigenous peoples
    原    yuán    former
  • 守護    shÇ’u hù    to stand guard
    守    shÇ’u    to guard
  • 摧毀    cuÄ« huǐ    destroy
  • 成立    chéng lì    establish
  • 保護    bÇŽo hù    to protect
    保    bÇŽo    to defend
  • 遭受    zāo shòu    to suffer
    遭    zāo    meet by chance (usually with misfortune)
  • 破壞    pò huài    destruction
    ç ´    pò    to break
  • 行政院    xíng zhèng yuàn    Executive yuan, the executive branch of government under the constitution of Republic of China, then of Taiwan
  • 應徵    yìng zhÄ“ng    to apply (for a job)
  • 舉重    jÇ” zhòng    weight-lifting (athletics)
  • 成為    chéng wéi    to become
  • 流離失所    liú lí shÄ« suÇ’    destitute and homeless (idiom); forced from one’s home and wandering about
    流離    liú lí    homeless and miserable
  • 軍營    jÅ«n yíng    barracks
    軍    jÅ«n    army
  • 期望    qÄ« wàng    hope
  • 將來    jiāng lái    in the future
  • 情況    qíng kuàng    circumstances

Indigenous people form forest guards in six counties – Taiwan News Online

Indigenous people form forest guards in six counties
By 中央社:編譯劉耀畬

2010-05-24 00:00:00

Indigenous people from six townships devastated by Typhoon Morakot last August set up forest guard teams Friday to protect their land from being compromised by human incursion.

The Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples helped the townships in Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taitung, Chiayi, Nantou and Taichung counties recruit and form the forest guard teams, which consist of 16 people each.

The townships received a number of applications for the jobs from local residents, many of whom were severely affected by the typhoon.

To get the job, which pays more than NT$20,000 a month for one year, the applicants had to pass physical lifting and running tests.

“I am really happy to be a member of the team, because I can help plant the forest, prevent land from being damaged, and protect my homeland, ” said the leader of the forest guard team in Taoyuan Township in Kaohsiung County.

He said that after being displaced by the typhoon, he lived in a military barracks for six months before returning to his hometown.

He was unable to recognize the area, as most roads were severely damaged, and a suspension bridge and shortcuts on the mountain had disappeared.

Ku Tsung, head of the Indigenous Peoples Department of the Kaohsiung County government, said he expects all 55 indigenous townships in Taiwan to launch forest guard teams in the future to help protect their land and improve local employment.

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