By Online Editor
10:25 am GMT+12, 21/08/2014, Solomon Islands
A former trade negotiator in Solomon Islands says the people of Sikaiana Atoll in the Malaita Province are desperate for food and medical supplies after five months without a shipping service.
Robert Sisilo says the situation is increasingly urgent and the population of 250 people are without a nurse or teachers.
He says food grown on the island has basically run out and people are pleading with authorities in Honiara to send a boat as quickly as possible.