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"
People should seriously be vary of giving money to any sort of funds (Zakath, tax, pension fund etc) collected by this Gov't. No functioning independent Commission that'll look into any of these corrupt practices. Your money is used by corrupt officials to live a life of luxury.— Def.Dum (@BlindEyeShut) March 12, 2018
crimes in stealth mode, using religion as a tool? the Middle man eats all, you never know! Not only Rohingya fund. What happened to Qudus fund— Jaleel Ahmed (@jaleel_aa) March 12, 2018
Telethon fund, Etc ? No clue what happened!! Best to pay Zakat in person to needy and not give it to any authority!
This is disgraceful! Maldives govt silent on what happened to #Rohingya fund - money that was collected to help Rohingyas. 18 million is no joke. People donated in good faith. @tunkhin80 @JamilaHanan Please raise this issue with @maldivesembuk https://t.co/CzRo4Z12Ar— Farah Didi 🎈 (@FarahDidi) March 12, 2018
18 million. From ISLAMIC MINISTRY. I have no words 😶— MaaniSamyr 💫 (@MaaniSamyr) March 12, 2018
Dheenaa gaumattaka Rohingya Fund rakkaakohdhinee dho— Shahindha Ismail 🎈 (@HindhaIsmail) March 12, 2018
Translation: "Kept the Rohingya funds safe for god and country huh"
As we talk about lost aid money, worthy of mention; @maldivianrc channelled over US$500,000 to Bangladesh Red Crescent for the #Rohingya —which remains the largest donation (per capita) to the international appeal for aid. Majority was raised through a @Raajje_tv telethon.— Junayd 🇲🇻 (@mjunayd) March 12, 2018
According to @Dr_AhmedZiyad, @MVIaffairs sent a letter to @bankofmaldives re Rohinga Fund requesting to transfer money from one account to another. So, how long does it take to transfer monies in one account to another? 4 months? @bankofmaldives? #dhogunuhadha— Hussain Shameem (@HuShameem) March 14, 2018
3. The Parliament Member for Velidhoo tells an opposition activist to "f*ck a duck"
You FUCK a DUCK!— Yamin Rasheed (@YaminRasheed) March 11, 2018
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
You mocked us saying we are “lha kudhin” when we spoke.— the islandgirl (@AfaHussain) March 12, 2018
You labeled us as opposition party when we went against it.
You broke so many laws for doing it. But you stopped our silent protest by sending police when we expressed ourselves! I ll never forget this destruction. pic.twitter.com/A6Wv4hdg7g
"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
Are you kidding me?! To all the people commenting on how harassment is related to what the person wears, some of my friends who wears ABAYAS have been harassed. Its not about how a person dresses. Its about this sick mentality that needs to change. https://t.co/FGyQWi2i4Z— Jana (@jeem_jana) March 13, 2018
Boys and men aren't born as harassers or rapists. This disgusting behavior is learned from, and reinforced in a patriarchal society. This must be stated loudly and repeatedly: A man has no right to a woman's attention, feelings, or touch without her consent. https://t.co/kxaYGv0efI— HawwaLubna 🎈❓ (@HawwaLubna) March 13, 2018
7. The MV Twittersphere mourns Stephen Hawking's passing
the phrase 'where there is life, there is hope' was coined by stephen hawking. yag likes to pretend it's his phrase. stephen hawking died today (rip).— xiena saeed 🎈 (@dorinbakedbeans) March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the age of 21.— Ismail Naail Nasheed (@IxmaealNaail) March 14, 2018
He wasn't supposed to live past 25.
He just died, aged 76.
His is a death to mourn, but more importantly a life to celebrate.
I still remember the first time I read Stephen Hawkings Brief History of Time, how powerful it felt, how inspirational it was .. it one of the things that made me want to learn more read more.. abt everything.— ṁūśẗħⱺ 🎈 (@mustho) March 14, 2018
8. Some people weren't too happy about it
- Stephen Hawking akee ilmu libigenvaa meeheh kamah bunamundhaa muslimunnah buhdhi aa visnun thanavas koh dhehvaashi.— بنت موسي (@bintMusa777) March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking maruve nimigen dhiyae ilāheh vaa kamah gaboolu nukuraa haalu, kaafaru kan matheega.
Eyna ah libunu budhdhi aa visnun ehenveema kobaabaa?
" - 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?"
Mullah statuses today:— Aadham Mul-hidh (@adamaadham) March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking ah heyo duaa kurun haraam
Kaafarun avahaara veytha. Vaani maru
Allahah gonjahaafa mihaaru veyyah
Syria ga kudhin maruvaa iru ehchekay hithakah naaraa. Mi kaafaru maruveema dhuniye moyavanee
"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
For some reason it’s completely okay for abductions, murders, sexual harrassment and rape happening in a muslim community. But oh my god, an athiest? A buddhist? Everyone screams. Its chaos. The world is ending! Kill him!— Malsaa Mohamed (@mxlsaaa) March 11, 2018
10. Maldivian women discuss the marriage trap
Okay Tweeps— MaaniSamyr 💫 (@MaaniSamyr) March 13, 2018
Do you believe that the only option for a girl who wants to get out of her house is to marriage in the Maldives?
Yes or No?
Obviously not. She can either leave for studies or work in another country or island. She can move in with friends. Many girls have done this. There are so many options but yes, a lot of people assume that marriage is the easy way out, prolly coz parents easily approves this— penny 🎈❓ (@paperclippenny) March 14, 2018
Yes depending on the family. Moving out is sort of seen as betraying the family lol and it's not deemed safe either. Salary is about 8-10k but the rent is usually higher. Even when you're sharing with a friend it's a lot of expense. Easier to just stay home— D (@dheee_13) March 14, 2018
11. Dunya Maumoon, daughter of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, quotes MLK
Aharumen rajjethere myhun fageeru haaluga gen gulhuvvii manje bappa. Matin Luther ah magey vedhun. Btw he is from US rajjethere— |🇲🇻Naeem (@eminaeem) March 14, 2018
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
What about the individual officers who purposely attack the innocent while inside a residence.Tonight I saw it frm my own https://t.co/c8pSAzZ7W5 of the officer walked inside the building climbed the stairs upto 1st floor n pepper sprayed inside the stair ways. upholding the law?— Ismail Hameed (@highriseissey) March 14, 2018
This tweet sarcastically says that these are the weapons found at a protest site.
Lawyers are being SUSPENDED on Police Initiation, lawyers not given NOTICE of time of Bail Hearings, NO sufficient NOTICE to attend Investigations, Recording Devices used & lawyer/client PRIVILEGE impinged, lawyers TARGETED at protests..#StopHaressingLawyers #MaldivesInCrisis pic.twitter.com/eEvM4lz3md— Mariya Didi 🎈 (@MariyaDidi) March 18, 2018
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
Fuluhunge bandhugaiva faraathakai qaanoony vakeeleh bahdhalu kurevvi iru, bahdhaluvun beyhvunu thanun recording device eh fenunu kamah bune shakuva hushalahuvvafai vaathy fuluhun midhany ekan ithurah thahgeegu kuramun.— Maldives Police (@PoliceMv) March 14, 2018
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.
Baalees dhashun fisthola 🔫,— Ali Nazeer (@alynazeer) March 15, 2018
Bed sheet dhashun pen drive,
Godhadi dhashun $💰,
Endhu dhashun kalhufoshi 💼 ,
Gondi dhashun recorder🖥,
Car dhashun mirus fen kothalhu🌶,@PoliceMv thi ulhey zaathun aharemen miulhenee ladhun 2 fai kairi kuran nukerigen 🤔 https://t.co/W7fAOt45xU
This tweet makes fun of Maldivian Police's continuing tendency to suddenly find incriminating evidence against political targets whenever they need to.
"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,
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"
Reports circulating of Govt trying to get a court order to arrest @hisaanhussain claiming she planted the recorder found in the Police investigation room at Dhoonidhoo during the Chief Justice’s confidential lawyer meeting. #mvcrisis #StateOfEmergencyMV #Maldives— Sabra #FreePN 🎈 (@SabraNoordeen) March 14, 2018
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
My name is Ahmed Nihan & I strongly condemn the EU Parliament resolution calling for freedom of religion in Maldives against article 9 & 10 of our Constitution. We are a 100% Muslim nation & we have the right to remain with the religion we embraced 865 years ago. @EU_Maldives— Ahmed Nihan (@ahmed_nihan) March 15, 2018
16. Tales of Faris Maumoon's continued suffering under police custody
.@afarismaumoon was handcuffed & forcibly dragged out of his cell by 6 @PoliceMv officers at around 5 pm Fri 16 March "for interview" without his lawyers.— Maumoon Hameed (@maanhameed) March 17, 2018
Faris refused to speak to investigators without his lawyer, so police eventually agreed to allow him to call his lawyer.