Here are some interesting things Maldivians talked about on twitter last week.
1. People celebrated Yameen Rasheed's Birthday
Remembering my twitter neighbour on this special day.— Dhiyana 🎈 (@dhiyanasaid) April 9, 2018
A soul lives forever 🎈
You should start blogging dhonthi he said , even got one started for me.loved the idea but i just had a baby and no time so couldn’t get into it. He completely overhauled my laptop with linux because windows wasnt cool enough. Few but fond memories of you ❤️@yaamyn 🎈— Arcyat 🎈 (@ArCyat) April 10, 2018
On what would have been his 30th birthday, Yameen Rasheed is not forgotten. He was murdered last year in the Maldives: https://t.co/jzxmrKJ8eX We highlighted his case to the UN + called for greater protection of activists: https://t.co/jm2taRWpGz We will not forget. #WeAreYaamyn pic.twitter.com/7eCi4F6jaB— IHEU (@IHEU) April 10, 2018
Yesterday was Yameen Rasheed's birthday. He would have turned 30.— Jade Dussart (@JadeDussart) April 11, 2018
Yameen was a brave human rights defender & blogger from #Maldives, and a beloved friend to many, both off and online.
He was killed on 23 April 2017 for his words.
We won't forget him.#WeAreYaamyn
Its @yaamyn's bday. His bday gift this year is towards helping feed a hungry child in his name.— Aisha🎈 (@mysticaish) April 10, 2018
You cud do the same 🎈
I shared my meal with team #WeAreYaamyn and helped a hungry child! Get the #ShareTheMeal app and join me: https://t.co/w7Pl3N7v7b pic.twitter.com/PmbyX9q1Pq
2. A turtle was freed from a net
My husband witnessed this poor turtle caught in a net yesterday...helped it. Unfortunately he's not on twitter but I am 😁Plastic pollution is a huge problem but WE can all help. Do your part!#savetheocean#savetheturtles #stopplasticpollution pic.twitter.com/4JppNtssmm— Aani (@jellybyn) April 10, 2018
3. An old Male' City jail
4. Moyameeha's killers still walk free
DNA evidence presented in Rilwan's case serves to corroborate other circumstantial evidences, such as a witness seeing a person forcibly taken in to a red car outside Rilwan's apartment. It is a mockery of public safety & justice to allow suspects to roam free. #FindMoyameehaa— Mohamed Hameed 🎈 (@M_Hameedh) April 10, 2018
5. A Hithadhoo road with a canopy of beautiful trees
6. One of the only coral islands with a healthy Avicennia mangrove forest
7. "Despite everything it feels like we have done too little."
“Despite everything, it feels like we have done too little.”— Alice in Mordis 🎈 (@ciceline) April 11, 2018
Had it been anyone else, @yaamyn would be moving heaven and earth fighting for truth and justice - just like he did for Rilwan.
Injustice should not prevail. We owe this to him. #JusticeForYaamyn #Maldives pic.twitter.com/yIHVoL8Num
8. A private museum full of Maldivian antiques
9. A taro field
10. RIP another tree
11. @maaanihu starts #36DaysofThaana
I’m seeing so many talented Maldivian graphic designers during #36DaysOfThaana! All of these people found a way through an education system and a society that didn’t and doesn’t support them adequately to get here. Can’t help but wonder how many talents we lost along the way.— Madhoo (@MadhooRahman) April 14, 2018
12. Women & Democracy launch their Gender Equality Manifesto
Honoured to inaugurate the Gender Equality Manifesto - an important initiative of @women_democracy— Dhiyana 🎈 (@dhiyanasaid) April 12, 2018
The Manifesto is certain to invigorate & advance the Women’s Equality Movement.
Congratulations to @safaathahmed, @Arrryj & co on this valuable contribution. pic.twitter.com/AiT5moZ7la
13. An old Brish newspaper article about the Maldives' first republic under Mohamed Amin Didi
14. A woven mat from 1899
15. Cancer causing areca / betel nuts at a health event
It is insulting & irresponsible of @MoH_mv to serve #ArecaNuts, an @IARCWHO classified GroupA #carcinogen at #WHD function. Disrespect to all working on #NCDControl & creating awareness including their own @HPA_MV colleagues. Conflicting practice with policy to #BeatNCDs #25by25 pic.twitter.com/8RnmSBYFrP— Malik 🎈❓ (@abdulmalikmv) April 15, 2018
16. A handy chart showing the origins of Thaana characters
17. Volunteers clean up an island
18. Mobility for people living on rural islands continues to decrease
Fenfushi resident said they are not permitted to go to Hukurudhoo island anymore. They used to go there to collect coconuts & coconut leaves to make thatching to earn an income, & picnics with their families. Not possible anymore ☹️#Laamarukazeeraajje #Decentralisation pic.twitter.com/fuK16ddkom— Shahida Zubair (@shadazubair) April 15, 2018
19. Dancing as a part of Maldivian culture
Grimacing Dancers Do a Speciality Number.— Elhekoyyaage Didi (@uhijaaN) April 15, 2018
Comic faces are an essential part of this performance. While the boys twist & stamp, orchestra members clap hands and beat out the rhythm on drums, bones & bamboo tubes.
The Marvelous Maldive Islands
Nat Geo Magazine - June 1957 pic.twitter.com/7evet0scOX
20. A roadside garden
Eggplant, pomegranate, chillies, Chinese Kale, passion fruits.— Abdulla Adam (@Abdulla_Adam) April 14, 2018
Road side gardening need to be encouraged so that we continue to eat healthy & also to keep our roads green. Island lanes are a social space. Lets keep them that way and not turn them into the domain of vehicles. pic.twitter.com/lNilJ5qVBi
21. Yaamin Rasheed's family and friends continue their quest for justice
22. Moyameeha's family do the same
This will be the last one for a while. On top of a lot of other things, I need to work more on finishing Sinking Streets. The more I write about Male' the more it feels like I am drawing out some poison. I do not want to feel like this forever. At the same time it is not easy saying goodbye. You can read the first chapter here.