A few years ago I went to the Maldives and it first dawned on me that there was one world above sea level and another below. It is beautiful beneath the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean: there are countless corals and colourful plants, moray eels peek out of caves, and flocks of eager clownfish play among the air bubbles. From time to time a shark passes by. Above the water surface there are almost 1,200 islands, most of which rise just one or two meters out of the sea. ... MORE
Editorial by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa
The Swedish-Iranian writer Athena Farrokhzad has written a burning appeal in verse form about the future of the continent.