Issue IV/2019 - Someone Else's Paradise



 

Editorial

Editorial

Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

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. 

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Behind the Scenes in Paradise

Kai Schnier

Half of the inhabited Maldivian islands are covered with luxury resorts. The locals live elsewhere.

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"We will live on stilts, if necessary"

Hussain Rasheed Hassan

In the Maldives, the impacts of climate change have long been a reality. A conversation with Environment Minister Hussain Rasheed Hassan about disappearing islands and disaster plans.

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A waft of smoke over Villingili

Rae Munavvar

Too much rubbish for a few islands: The Maldives don't know how to get rid of their waste.

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Disempowered Women

Emma Fulu

From powerful rulers to full veils: The shifting role of women in the Maldives.

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Issue IV/2019  - Someone Else's Paradise