Here are some interesting things Maldivians talked about on twitter last week.
1. Former First Lady Nasreena Ibrahim wowed the nation by speaking out about her husbands arrest
It is rare to hear her talk, even back during when her husband Maumoon was ruling the Maldives for 30 years straight.
2. Naturally this prompted someone to attack her for not wearing the hijab (among other things)
Burugaa Naalhaa Buma Hadhaagen Isthashi Gandu Kalhukohgen Nuvithaakah 2 Anhen Dharinah Ves Migothah Vaagidheegen Siraathu Magun Baa??— Soodher💖 (@sootie44) March 23, 2018
A rough translation: "Are you truly on the righteous path when you and your two daughters do your eye brows, dye your hair black, and don't even wear the hijab?"
Woman criticises women for not covering their heads with a headscarf, for having dyed hair & perfectly plucked eyebrows, while she does wear a headscarf,she herself cakes on makeup, does her eyebrows etc. What is this stupidity?#DoubleStandards #GenderBasedDiscrimination #mordis https://t.co/yvUOsPiRhT— ⚍ #FreeThePad (@guraafehi) March 24, 2018
3. Before and after image showed extreme deforestation on Maldivian islands
Wonder how @Simad & Shaiq from @CDEconsulting feels after witnessing such destruction? Hw do they sleep at night as they clearly know what they have done for greed & money is wrong by all means most evidently from Environemntal angles of which experts they claim to be. pic.twitter.com/XfBXt6kcmK— AW (@bikkz) March 19, 2018
4. President Yameen lifted the State of Emergency
President Yameen lifts the SoE because he now has no need for it. He has overrun the judiciary and legislature, arrested hundreds unlawfully and introduced a “new normal” in the #Maldives - full dictatorship. We will not give up, we will fight and we will overcome.— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) March 22, 2018
5. Symbolic records released Oyaa by Pest
6. Goidhoo School from Baa Atoll held a bicycle rally
7. A trash thread
8. Opposition activist Bardrudeen was released from police custody
Thank you everyone. I am free now. @PoliceMv officers tried to twist my wrist and fingers. When I screamed in pain they said they would pepper spray in to my mouth if I scream again. @hrcmv @hrw @UNHumanRights @MEAIndia @USAmbKeshap @USEmbSL #huttuvaa #MaldivesInCrisis pic.twitter.com/xOzqriemES— Badruddeen 🎈 (@Badruddeen) March 22, 2018
9. High praise continues for "Master Plumber" Muizzu, the Minister of Housing & Infrastructure
10. The yo mama scam
"Kaley amaa" is a popular insult meaning "Your mother". It is usually followed by another expletive. A particular nasty variant being "Kaley amaa fui!" which roughly translates to "Your mother's c*nt!". Interestingly enough, this isn't even the worst that insult gets; with the most complete version being "Kaley amaa fui fada boey!" (Drink your mothers c*nt juices!). The more you know!
11. Maldives is home to some of the worlds most beautiful (and most threatened) mangroves
12. @Zara_Fayaz draws legendary local politician Eva Abdulla
13. Another tree is felled
14. A snow dome replaced a historic mosque
15. People mourn the sudden death of Abdulla Naail
He lived a 100 years in his short life of 22 years. Took everyone's grief away and made everyone smile. He left us too soon. But he left us as a martyr.— Ismail Naail Nasheed (@IxmaealNaail) March 26, 2018
Forever in our hearts. Forever in our prayers.
I will always love you brother.
07.12.1995 - 24.04.2018 pic.twitter.com/EMQeXTPiJs
What a tragic day.— Ismail Aruham Adam (@aruuham) March 24, 2018
Rest In Peace Naail. 😞
I’ve met Naail a couple of times when he worked with MISC. Truly gutted that he is gone. I’ll keep him in my prayers.— Led (@__L3d) March 24, 2018
Rest In Peace, Naail. You were taken from us too early. May your soul find eternal peace.— Malsaa Mohamed (@mxlsaaa) March 25, 2018
16. A hypothetical question about a female Maldivian President attracted religious conservatives like flies
I wonder what will happen if we elected a lady president 😊🤔— Zainab (@Shuibug) March 24, 2018
I guess women will have it at least a bit better than it is now.
This may sound offensive but in Islam there can be no l"ady leader" and elections aren't taken to choose a leader in a islamic land! Please refer back to the basics of the religion and see how a leader must be chosen! And btw democracy is shirk and kufr!— Stranger (@huwaatha88) March 24, 2018
17. A Salafi preacher got all worked up about the growing movement to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products
“I wonder what the hell these women are doing at offices”— Mohamed Shuraih (@MohamedShuraih) March 27, 2018
They’re there to work, just like us, to make a living so that they can survive in this country where most of us can hardly get by from one month to the next.
Religion should not be used as a tool to oppress women. pic.twitter.com/YuTtEKQ7z1