The world’s smallest republic is the only country holding up CNN iReport‘s biggest project, as Nauru is the only country that has not been the source of an approved iReport in the iReport Global Challenge.
iReporter and freelance journalist Daphne Sashin posted on the iReport Blog:
We are thrilled to announce that we are down to just one country in the iReport Global Challenge: Nauru, the world’s smallest republic.
Those of you who have been following the iReport Blog know that we’ve been striving to get photos, videos and stories from every country on the planet.
As of Monday morning, we have approved iReports from 193 of the 194 countries considered independent nations by the U.S. State Department.
Only Nauru is left! We want to hear from citizens of, or visitors to, this tiny island in the South Pacific, halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Send us a snapshot of life in Nauru — the local culture, food, architecture, natural sites, or an unusual event happening there.
The country, population 9,267, was dubbed “Pleasant Island” by European sailors in the 18th century. But the country has struggled since then. While it once enjoyed great wealth made by mining phosphate for fertilizer, those resources are nearly exhausted.