The Maldives, March 2011
+ The place
+ A super trip to the Maldives...
A rest trip, of “farniente”, Just let the time flow slowly and enjoy the peace and quiet of the place. You don’t go to the Maldives to visit dolphins and the seabed. That’s what I did. I found the pleasure of diving, discovered in my youth. A small baptism at 19ft (6m) and a descent at 40ft (12m) because the dive master felt comfortable underwater.
+ The country
The Maldives is an archipelago of 1199 islands of which only 202 are inhabited. Among those inhabited, it has many island-hotels, rented for 99 years. This is a significant financial windfall for the government, as well as jobs for many Maldivians, although many Indians and Sri Lankans also work there.
But the rise of waters threatens its magnificent islands. Another threat, the radical Islamist.
The population is obligatorily Muslim and the legislation is based on sharia law. The government also protects its people from the vices of tourists since only the capital Malé is accessible to them. In addition, tourists are not officially allowed to import pork, alcohol or erotic books. My bottle of champagne still arrived at my destination. Even religious symbols other than Muslim are forbidden. Yet until the XIIth century, religion was Buddhism. The conversion to Islam change took place in 1153 by the many Muslim merchants who traveled the road between the Levant and India. Currently, according to Western media, the state would fund Islamist terrorist groups. Some governments advise against tourists to go there on the pretext that the money goes to feed these groups. Even if this is the case, we must not forget that this money is also used by the population, unemployment remains a major problem in this republic.
In addition, a blood disease affects some Maldivians, it is necessary to renew the blood regularly. Some hotels, challenged by Maldivian health organizations, ask tourists to donate blood to help people, a humanitarian gesture that does not require much effort.
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