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The Malnatco, an indigenous trading association of Malekula, reached Ambrym during WWII and built several roads in vain anticipation of the arrival of US cargo. The Nagriamel movement from Santo established several villages on the island in 1970. In June 1980, some Modérés on Ambrym announced their secession and formed a provisional government. When the rebellion was mopped up, more than 500 rebel supporters were arrested.