BABY BORN ON PITCAIRN ISLAND

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 4) – Pitcairn Island, the remote Pacific community of descendants of HMS Bounty mutineers, has seen its population increase after the birth of just the second baby in more than 18 years.

The boy, Ryan Randall Christian, is a ninth generation direct descendant of Bounty mutiny leader Fletcher Christian.

His father is one of six islanders who were given prison sentences last year for raping young girls.

Forty-seven people currently live on Pitcairn Island.

The island grabbed world attention last year when seven island men were tried for sexual abuse charges against young girls, with some offences dating back 40 years.

April 5, 2005

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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