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[2 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

Minivan News reports that three French Red Cross workers were held captive in Mundoo in Laamu Atoll on Friday.
The islanders deny keeping them as hostages. The Head of the French Red Cross Delegation to the Maldives, Emmanuel Vivien, told Minivan News that previous reports in the media that Star Force attacked Mundoo after the incident were false.
Miscommunication within people of islands about the distinctive role of the international NGOs and the government in the tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction could be a factor that leads to such incidents, according to Minivan …

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[2 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

Minivan News reports that tsunami victims who have recently moved to new homes in Laamu Atoll Gan have protested on Monday demanding a planned sewage system to be completed.
The tsunami victims from Mundoo and Kalhaidhoo moved into French Red Cross homes on Gan in March, but have been forced to defecate in the sea in the absence of a sewage system.
There are also divisions brewing between the people who are natives of Gan and those who shifted because of the tsunami. Such shifts recently made headlines in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll …

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[25 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

British Red Cross has pulled out of Kolhufushi island in Meemu Atoll, after the government and the people of the island failed to come to an agreement over the location of the houses to be built in the tsunami-ravaged island of Maldives, reports Minivan News.

The decision was taken on January 16, and a statement released to Minivan five days later said it had “not been taken lightly.” Funds totalling $3.7m will now be reallocated to other Red Cross projects and the statement says options for where the money is reallocated …

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[13 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

Unrest is brewing in Kolhufushi island in Meemu Atoll. Two years after the tsunami struck, several people are living in temporary shelters. Kolhufushi was one of the worst-affected islands. Minivan News has a report of what is going on.
British Red Cross has also recently explained why reconstruction work on the island has come to a painful halt.

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[19 Feb 2006 | No Comment | ]

“Every human being shall have the right to be protected against being arbitrarily displaced from his or her home or place of habitual residence…
Displacement shall last no longer than required by the circumstances.”
UN Commission on Human Rights, Guiding Principle on Internal Displacement, 1988
We visited Hulhumale’ while temporary shelters were being built for the tsunami victims. Our first thoughts were on how they would be able to live there. Anybody who knows Hulhumale’ would know the barren landscape there. Like the aftermath of a nuclear war. The ceilings in the temporary …

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[19 Feb 2006 | No Comment | ]

A study by UN finds that harassment in camps for tsunami victims in Maldives is common, reports Minivan News.

The dire situation for tsunami victims has led men to turn to drugs, causing further trauma for those living in the shelters, particularly women.
“Women from Mundoo island now living in a camp at Gan island in the Maldives have reported feeling unsafe and say that the lack of privacy results in harassment and intimidation. Camp residents have reported several cases of sexual harassment and rape.”
““It’s very difficult now. Men are high …

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[13 Oct 2005 | 3 Comments | ]

Minister of Atolls Development of Maldives, Mr Mohamed Waheed Deen has been refused entry to an island in Laamu Atoll by angry tsunami victims, Minivan News has reported.

The Atolls Minister Mr. Mohamed Waheeddeen was met with ugly scenes at Isdhoo Ward of Isdhoo-Kalhaidhoo Island of Laamu Atoll earlier this week, when angry tsunami victims refused to allow the Minister to step foot on the island.
Witnesses told Minivan that the Atolls Minister tried to stop over at Isdhoo Ward after rain hampered his team from docking at Kalhaidhoo Ward which …

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[13 Oct 2005 | No Comment | ]

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is to provide extra food to tsunami victims in Maldives during the month of Ramazan, Minivan News has reported.

“People living in temporary shelter following the tsunami will receive extra food packages,” WFP said in a press release last week, noting it would be providing extra food to over 63,000 people.
Nina Kolbjornsen, head of Maldives WFP, said the move would enable tsunami affected families to partake properly in traditional Ramazan feasts. “Households traditionally spend more on food during Ramazan. WFP hopes that this additional …

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[18 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Since the tsunami hit the Maldives, Television Maldives (TVM), the only local TV station, has been sending live coverage of the event. It has shown numerous footage of the destruction in islands and interviewed several people affected by the tsunami.
It has come under criticism recently that the live coverage is only increasing the trauma and adversely affecting people. Those who have this opinion argue that the continuous relaying of images of destroyed houses and displaced people disturbs the people psychologically.
TVM has reduced the coverage to some extent now, perhaps because …

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[5 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

The children were slowly getting used to the life in the relief camp in Majeediyya School, Male’. There were several activities available to them in the camp and this was essential to keep the frightful memories of the disaster away from their young minds. written by: niOS, Photos: Thoha