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Indelible Moments from an Islander’s Life: Thinadhoo Genocide

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Thinadhoo Island is the capital of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and has its own dialect of Dhivehi and its own unique history. This island was formerly known as Havaru Thinadhoo. ‘Havaru’ refers to the bloodstained attempts by a Sultan in Maldives to capture the island during the 16th century. After years of prosperity and fortune, the ‘havaru’ events of the 16th century recurred in February 1962.

In 4 February 1962 Thinadhoo was completely destroyed on the orders of Prime Minister Ibrahim Nasir to end the separatist movement of the United Suvadive Republic. The islanders were told to go to the shallow reef, where they were forced to stand for hours in water up to their necks. Meanwhile all houses were destroyed, all wells broken and filled with rubble, all trees were cut down and much property was looted while the islanders watched.

The island was then depopulated and its people dispersed. Women and children were raped in front of their families. Between 200 and 300 prisoners were taken back to Malé City, where they were tortured and most killed. Here is the unforgettable life story of one woman who endured the pain and agony during the 1962, Thinadhoo Genocide.

Cigarette Addiction? Bullshit!

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“I last smoked in 1972.”

“Don’t you have the urges?”

“That’s bullshit. People should stop making up excuses to keep on doing what they enjoy.”

“So you believe cigarettes are not addictive?”

“Of course they are not! Anyone who says so is a liar.”

“What is your advice to people wishing to quit smoking?”

“I would say stop procrastinating. Do it when the time comes.”

Abduh Rahmaan Mohamed is mostly known as ‘Beybe’ or brother by the people of Alifushi Island. Now over the age of 80, he began working in Cargo ships during his early teens. I first met him in ‘Bite’ Café during a visit to Alifushi Island. I went to the café to have breakfast when Beybe came up to me and asked me why I was smoking. He went on to tell me that he last smoked in 1972 and haven’t had the urges since then. He believes that smoking is not addictive and that people should stop making up excuses to continue doing what they enjoy. Beybe haven’t smoked for the past 42 years and his advice for smokers wishing to quit is to stop procrastinating. Having travelled the world, Beybe now lives a happy life in Alifushi Island, owning and managing the ‘Bite’ Café.