Maldives twitter last week #2

Here are some interesting things Maldivians talked about on twitter last week. 

1. There was some pretty blatant racism towards Chinese people 

A rough translation of the tweet: "Chinese are abhorrent things"
The text on the image says: "China-Maldives friendship pissing". "Goru" is a dirty way of saying urine in Dhivehi. "Goruhendun" is pissing. 

Rough translation: "they are the most jungle like, most animal mob to look like humans on this earth". 

2. More than 18 million MVR worth of funds meant for the Rohingya went missing

Translation: "Couldn't find out what happened to the Rohingya fund"

Translation: "Kept the Rohingya funds safe for god and country huh"

3. The Parliament Member for Velidhoo tells an opposition activist to "f*ck a duck"

The tweet he is responding to asks whether the MP's cafe' was shut down because he is planning on marrying President Yameen's former daughter in law (?), and that he often sees them together in Hulhumale'. Some help with the translation for this one would be appreciated. Some things just don't translate well to English. 

4. Vegetation was cleared from Kulhudhufushi

"lha" means young, "kudhin" means children. 

5. A new symbol of protest against President Yameen gains traction

6. Someone sharing their experience of street harassment gets harassed

7. The MV Twittersphere mourns Stephen Hawking's passing

8. Some people weren't too happy about it

Rough translation: 
" - May (the lord) gift the Muslims who say that Stephen Hawking is an educated man with the ability to think rationally
  Stephen Hawking did not believe in the existence of a god and died an infidel
  So where is his thought and rationality?"

Rough translation:

"Well wishes for Stephen Hawking is a sin
Infidels don't pass away, they die
Insults Allah, when children in Syria die people don't care at all, but when this infidel dies everyone goes nuts"

9. A conversation between an extremist and a reasonable person 

10. Maldivian women discuss the marriage trap

11. Dunya Maumoon, daughter of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, quotes MLK

Rough translation: "It was your father who kept us raajjethere' people in a state of poverty. Regards to Martin Luther. By the way, he is from the US equivalent of raajjethere'." 
Raajjethere' is a word used to refer to all other islands other than the capital Male'. It is kind of similar to the Maldivian word for the country side or regional areas. It is often used in a deregoratory way by people from Male' City who feel that they are superior. 

12. Countless people arrested as protests against Abdulla Yameen's regime raged on 


This tweet sarcastically says that these are the weapons found at a protest site. 

Rough translation: "No escape even if you're just at your own home!"

13. A lawyer points out some suspicious activity on her clients phone 

14. Maldives Police find a suspicious sound recorder

Rough translation: "We are investigating a matter that was raised with us regarding a sound recorder discovered in a room where a meeting with a lawyer and someone under custody occurred." Yup, dhivehi sentences can be quite long. 

This tweet makes fun of Maldivian Police's continuing tendency to suddenly find incriminating evidence against political targets whenever they need to. 
Rough translation: 
"From under the pillow the pistol, 
from under the bed sheet the pen-drive, 
from under the mattress money, 
from under the bed the black box, 

Most recently, 

From under the chair a recorder, 
from under the car packets of pepper water, 
I'm struggling to keep my legs together out of shame"

15. There was some intense drama regarding accusations against opposition activist Naeematha

16. Maldivian MP Ahmed Nihan repeats hateful "100% Muslim" anti-diversity myth in rebuttal of EU Parliament resolution 

16. Tales of Faris Maumoon's continued suffering under police custody 

​ Mohamed Nazim’s 2010 confession - a turning point for Maldivian minorities

That battle had been won. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s 30 year rule had come to a close. Maldivians had finally arrived in the “anneh dhivehiraajje” (other Maldives) that was promised by Mohamed Nasheed and the Maldivian Democratic Party. A different Maldives. One with liberty and justice, where people would be free to express themselves, to be themselves.

It was in this intoxicating atmosphere of promised progress that Mohamed Nazim boldly asked Zakir Naik what the punishment for apostasy in Islam was. He said the question was important to him as he himself was an atheist. What was the penalty for him, he asked, standing in the middle of a crowd buzzing with shock and rage. One can only imagine the fear, clearly visible through his body language, that he must have felt at that moment. Naik, perhaps not wanting the bad press of a murder happening at one of his events, deflected the question and said that it would be up to the Maldivian government to decide. And decide they would.

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Maldives twitter last week #1

Here are some interesting things Maldivians talked about on twitter last week. A long term collection could be very useful for reflection and analysis. 


1. @reallynattu creates satirical voting app 

An English translation: 

The top text reads "Voteapp". Next to it is a drop down menu that says "Presidential election". 

Below that the title says "Candidates". Below this the same portrait of current president Abdulla Yameen is displayed five times in a row, giving the voter a wide range of candidates to vote for. 

Below this is the presidents full name, "Yameen Abdul Gayoom". The president doesn't use this version in his campaigning or current activities perhaps to distant himself from his brother Maumoon. Next to this the text reads "The driving force behind the progress that the Maldives is experiencing". 

After this is a section where the voter decides what kind of reward they want for voting. They are given a choice of money (from well wishers), employment (a coordinator position), or a flat from Hulhumale'. In the mockup the voter has chosen money, and the options for collecting it (deposit, cheque, or a letter delivered to your residence) are below. As the voter has selected the first option, a field to enter their account number and reward amount sits next to the Bank of Maldives and Maldives Islamic Bank logos. 

At the very bottom the text reads "press to vote", with the subtext "I swear to god that I won't change my vote". The word used for "my" is "alhugandu", a relic of the Maldivian caste system, which is the self depreciating word one must use for oneself when talking to someone who demands respect; whether it be your elders, a teacher, or certain dictators. The literal translation of "alhu" is slave. 


2. @paperclippenny and @legacyofpain attend mandatory marriage classes 

Marie seems to be one of their tutors. 

A word for genitals in Dhivehi is "ladhuvethi gunavan", literally "shameful organ". 

"gatu" is the Maldivian slang version of "having the guts". The response is to a question basically asking why women weren’t being “gut” 365 days a year. 

The headline reads: Occupysaihotaa: Women (go) to the tea houses! (sai = tea, hotaa = hotel). 

4. Some men aren't too happy about it 

English translation: "There is no escape, there is only so much that tea house managers will take. (We've?) run out of a months supply just because of one visit!

Peeing in a bottle: Man’s greatest achievement?

This is the best that Salafi propagandist Siru “Arts” could come up with to mock the #OccupySaiHotaa movement.

The black text on top reads: 
"This year the women's groups went to the tea houses
next year (they'll go) fishing"

The red bottom text reads:
“Next year - trying to pee into a thola bottle far away without utilising any devices”

On the bottom left the silhouette peeing is labeled "men" and the female rage comic face is lablled "women". 


5. Maldives celebrates International Women's Day 2018

6. Maldives telecom company Dhiraagu gives police full access to opposition activist @Thayyib's SIM

More next week!