Guam is an island caught between two nuclear powers. If Kim Jong Un were to launch an attack against the United States, the small island would likely be his first target since it’s the military stronghold for the U.S. in the South Pacific and the closest American territory to North Korea. For many locals, the military-presence on the island instills a lot more fear than security.
Local activists have been calling for Guam’s independence from the U.S. for decades. They want want to reclaim their homeland and be granted the power to decide how much military might should exist on the island. Recent threats by North Korea have only strengthened their cause. The movement is growing and they’ve taken their fight to the United Nations.
Currently, there are 7,000 troops stationed on Guam, with 5,000 more expected to arrive over the next ten years. Removing the military and returning the land to Guam’s native people may be a pipe dream, but it’s a fight that local activists refuse to give up.