“When a baby is born we don’t need a doctor. Everything takes place here, on the boat.”
The Bajau Laut people, also known as the “sea gypsies”, or “nomads of the sea”, live their entire lives on the ocean. This traditional community, living between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, has adapted to life at sea as no other people in the world. However, poverty is forcing many families to abandon some of their traditional lifestyle and jump into modernity.
Story and Photography: Berta Tilmantaite