Maldives in still mode

Maldives: A Bold and Historic Step for Change

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 4, 2011

“Think of Maldives and what springs to your mind? A paradise comprised of idyllic islands? A place that turns postcards into tickets to the heavens? A destination that is an exotic blend of sun, sand, and sea spiced up by its colorful culture? If this is the case, you’d better think twice…

This time last year I published a photo essay about Maldives. This nation of around 400,000 souls was in the news as it embraced change by dethroning Asia’s longest serving ruler Mamoon Abdul Gayoom in favor of Mohammed Nasheed, a 42-year-old former journalist and democracy activist. While Americans are busy arguing if Obama has brought any substantial change to the nation, the subjects of this tiny Indian Ocean republic are content that their leader has taken the boldest ever step in human history to highlight their problems and demand global action.

A couple of days ago, the awareness campaign for climate change got a new boost when the government of the Indian Ocean republic of The Maldives held an underwater cabinet session that lasted for around 30 minutes. My photojournalist friend from Maldives Mohammed Abdulla Shafeeg has dispatched this fascinating photo essay.”

by Moign Khawaja

<view full photo essay>

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