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"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought and the freedom to communicate opinions and expressions in a manner that is not contrary to any tenet of Islam" - Article 27 - Constitution of the Republic of Maldives … [THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN] … 'Kratos Demos' ...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dear Ibthihaal - I am sorry.

Dear Ibthihaal

I never had the opportunity to visit Rakeedhoo. I didn’t get to meet you. I didn’t get to know you. I didn’t know what you had to go through everyday in your life. I am sorry I was not there for you. I truly am sorry.

Ibthihaal, today I know about you. I know a little bit about you. Your country is talking about you. They talk of what happened to you. They talk of ways to blame each other on how you had to leave us. They seem to know everything about you.

You have left us, but you have left us all with a message, a message to always remember and reflect. You have reminded us of our failed systems and the amount of our ignorance, and you have also reminded us our responsibility, the individual responsibility and duty being human. You have reminded us of all those children being wronged and abused in the communities we live in.

I hear you now. Sorry I wasn’t able to hear you before. I promise I will not stay quite and watch anyone being wronged or abused! I will not let anyone I know suffer the way you had. Ibthihaal I will always remember you. 

Rest in peace. 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dr. Fathin Hameed - your faith will always be your strength

"Nights are toughest, when the rest of the world is slumbering and resting. That's when cancer mounts its strongest attack on my mind. It tries to creep in with its doubts. That its already winning, that my treatment is not working. That's when it exerts maximum pain. That when it keeps telling me that there is no hope, that I might as well give up now. I will not, Insha Allaah. My treatment is not by doctors, it is by my Lord, Creator and Cherishor of the Worlds. My Lord cannot be defeated, nor I, as long as I hold fast to Him. Cancer does not know this." ~ Dr. Fathin Hameed wrote on her last blog post.

You are with Allah now, your faith will always be your strength in the hereafter. My respect to you!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

#PhotoOfTheDay 11/01/14: No to Shark Products

Among the many tourist shops in Male’, Shark products like these are very common. The shop keepers say they are brought in from Lanka and not Maldivian. What is evident is that the pieces are fresh as if it was just killed and cleaned.

The Shark is a protected species in the Maldives, its fisheries is banned! Fisheries has a ban; yes! But import of Shark products like these shark teeth are not! Killing sharks in our waters are wrong but its “OK” to sell products made from sharks killed elsewhere? Becoming conscious and say no to Shark Products.

“It takes decades and decades for the shark population to recover, but it doesn’t take long to wipe out.” ~ Guy Stevens, Marine Biologist

This photo was taken for ECOCARE Maldives at Male’, Maldives
Photography and caption by ©Maeed (all rights reserved)

Friday, January 10, 2014

#PhotoOfTheDay 10/01/14: "I am smart!"

I was walking around with my camera in Rasmaadho when I came across this boy and asked if I could take a picture of him, I told him to give me a good pose. He replies back to me “I can give you my ‘I am smart’ look”.

Growing up in an Island community in Maldives or coming from “Raaje Therey” (from the islands), does not make a kid less smarter nor stupid. Sometime we often make the mistake to restrict ourselves to that single story, where kids growing up in the Islands are poor, uneducated and stupid. Well its confident kids just like this smart boy that reminds me the that we are all but Maldivians and its these smart Maldivian kids who will grow up to become tomorrows smart leaders, no matter which part they come from.

Photo taken at Rasmaadhoo, Raa. Atoll, Maldives
Photography and caption by ©Maeed (all rights reserved)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

#PhotoOfTheDay 09/01/14: The Sand Drive

Walking on a Maldivian beach, this is the last thing one might expect to see. A "Sand drive"? Strange may it seem but solid waste management needs a serious thought in many island communities in the country.

For decades Maldivians disposed waste on the beaches (the extent that the word Godu'dhoh - beach comes from Godhu - dump yard), it was a common practice back then, well in their case waste were limited to domestic waste. Our ancestors must be amused to learn about the electronic waste that seem to be somehow popping out from the Maldivian beaches today.

Though awareness may have reached its heights, waste management can only be practical with necessary institutions in place, with more focus on a regional scale.

Photo taken at Raa. Rasmaadhoo, Maldives
Photography and caption by ©Maeed (all rights reserved)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

#PhotoOfTheDay 08/01/14: Shy little Ms. Lady in Red

I came across this little Ms Lady in Red while in Raa Atoll, Maldives. Shy and innocent she stares at my camera, never hid herself completely, observed everything I was doing, clearly not scared but wanted to make sure what the stranger was doing around her neighborhood.

Girls in Maldives grow in an independent environment today, mostly empowered and taught to be self relied as they grow up to be leading women in society. Most have the opportunity for higher education irrelevant to the their social upbringing. Today there is still hope in the country for little girls like Ms. Lady in Red. I hope it remains the same, and girls/women be empowered through out the Maldives, always.

Photo taken at Raa Atoll, Maldives
Photography by ©Maeed (all rights reserved)

Monday, January 6, 2014

#PhotoOfTheDay 06/01/14: The Dragonfly

These insects have an amazing story, you don't really find them throughout the year in the Maldives, but you will see them seasonally. The Dragonflies are said to be the longest Migrating insects, every year millions of dragonflies fly across the open ocean from Southern India to Africa. One of their stops of course the Maldives.

Photo taken at Laamu Atoll - Maldives
Photo by ©Maeed (2013)

Same photo on
YourShot National Geographic

Sunday, December 29, 2013

InPhotos: Laamu Fonadhoo, Maldives

Here are some shots from Laamu Fonadhoo I took earlier this year. I was there to conduct a workshop for ECOCARE Maldives.

All photos by Maeed M. Zahir (All rights reserved)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Some photos from Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n (2009)

I was going through my old hard drive and found some of these shots. Took them using my dads old Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n. This was somewhere in 2009 I guess. Male', Maldives.

All photos by Maeed.
Cheers :D

Sunday, December 15, 2013

URLmetrics ranked me 4,337,189 in the United States

I had to google up my blog - "Maeed's Blog", to show it to a friend who was telling me that the blog did not appear on the google search results, now of course it wouldn't in his case cause Maeed is not spelled MAID! But here is something interesting I came across in the results: 

Its a website that measures & ranks websites in the United States. Now my blog is run on Blogger which is a free weblog publishing tool by Google, thus the server is located at Google Inc., California, United States. 

According to the statistical analysis that is made from this website, my blog seems to be ranked 4,337,189 in the United States. Yes that is Four million three hundred thirty-seven thousand one hundred eighty-ninth rank in the US. 

It also gives an estimate worth of the blog. So check your own rankings and how much your blog is worth at URLmetrics.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela 1918 -2013

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” - Nelson Mandela 1918 -2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Salutes to Former President Mohamed Nasheed

Former President Gayoom and Former President Nasheed at President Yameen's Presidential inauguration ceremony

Former President Mohamed Nasheed showed exemplary courage and professionalism earlier today,  showing up at the Presidential Inauguration ceremony. Yet again teaching Maldivians the values of true democracy. Something Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom restrained from in 2008. Gayoom and Nasheed were seen sitting together at the ceremony where President Abdullah Yameen was sworn in to office, giving hope to a divided Maldives. 

Nasheed who introduced and advocated democratic principles against a 30 year old authoritarian Gayoom regime through Maldivian Democratic Party continues showing examples and keeps on surprising Maldives even today.

President Yameen, half brother of Gayoom won the elections defeating the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate former President Mohamed Nasheed with the help of a ‘Gulhigen’ (together) coalition that consisted of all major political players and parties in the country by his side. Among the members of the this supper coalition include major player Qasim Ibrahim and his Jumhooree Party (JP), Adhaalath Party, Maldivian Development Alliance (MDA), Qaumee Party (QP), Peoples Alliance (PA), Maldivian Industrial Alliance (MIA) and Islamic Democratic Party.

Nasheed who won the first multiparty democratic elections in the country in 2008 beating long time authoritarian President Gayoom was forced out of office in early 2012, as Maldives observed a change of government on 7th February 2012. Continuous protests brought  Nasheed's Presidency to a brink, and 7th February Mutiny became the end for the first democratically elected President of the country. With Mohamed Nasheed's resignation, Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Maniku, took oath of office as the President, of course as per the Constitution. The following day Maldives woke up to hear allegations and conspiracy of a Coup d'état. "By all definitions it was a Coup" Nasheed spoke out. Spending the last 21 months calling for elections and restoration of a legal Presidency in the Maldives, Nasheed campaigned through out the Maldives.

Nasheed's strong will and positive approach has saved Maldives from violent outbreaks on various occasion during the last few years. When the biased Commission of National Inquiry setup by Former President Waheed, who the allegations were being made at, to investigate the change of government and the events of 6th, 7th and 8th February 2012, Nasheed was seen on TV accepting its finding, controlling angry MDP activists and others who were otherwise ready to do whatever it took to claim back the country. 

Nasheed stressed on the importance of democratic principles and spoke of people power and elections. His desire to hold elections and letting the nation decide fate from ballot papers kept the country striving forward without leading to a possible unpredictable civil rebellion movement. Nasheed is seen stronger than ever before as he congratulated President Yameen and requesting MDP to become an exemplary opposition. 

Nasheed spoke just after unofficial results confirmed Yameen as President Elect, accepting and taking responsibility for defeat, congratulating the new President. Told Maldives that it was indeed a happy moment in the country that a free and fair independent elected concluded electing a legitimate President. 

Sometimes its strange to understand where courage can come from, specially for a man like Nasheed who has suffered a lot in the repressive 30 years Gayoom regime. Humble in victory and gracious in defeat as Haveeru would translate Nasheeds words, Nasheed has called MDP to function as a sincere Opposition party.

Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom takes oath as new President

Photo: Haveeru
After almost two years of chaos and struggle in the country a new President was elected yesterday and has today been sworn in to office. His Excellency President Abdullah Yameen, the 6th President of the country, won 51% of ballots bringing an end to the speculated presidency of Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan, who came to power after an allege coup bringing down the first democratically elected President Mohmaed Nasheed. 

Photo: @ahmed_nihan (twitter)
Yameen backed by a united supper coalition won the campaign, themed on the grounds of protecting the Maldivian Islamic and National Identity; basis being that Nasheed and MDP will bring in western concepts threatening long standing faith of Maldives, loosing its Islamic identity. With the last minute 'King maker" Qasim Ibrahim entrance into coalition Yameen secured the necessary votes wining by some 6000 votes to Nasheed. 

The Oath taking ceremony took place in Dharubaaruge (the state convention center) earlier today at around 14.00hrs. Among the attendees include Former President and Yameen half brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Former President and election runner up Mohamed Nasheed. 

Addressing the Nation, Yameen said that he is not going to face people with different political ideologies, rather he is to face the challenges faced by the country. He also stressed on the importance of economic and social development and protecting the Maldivian identity.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Maldives decides Gayoom's younger brother Yameen as the New President

Congratulations to the President Elect Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Gayoom vs Naseed 2008, all over again in Maldives, with all odds in favor of Gayoom younger brother, Maldivian Elections 2013 conclude with Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) candidate Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom charming polls.

Backed by potential political entities; Qasim Ibrahims’s Jumhooree Party and the Islamic conservative Adaalath Party, and other minority political parties, Yameen secured majority of the total votes meeting victory requirement of over 50% + 1 vote, defeating Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate, the Indian Ocean Island President Mohamed Nasheed by over 51% of votes.

Though proving to be a difficult election, with unwanted intervention of biased judicial authorities and imprudent political actors, as promised Elections Commissions has indeed successfully paved way for an independent, free and fair elections. Voter turnout higher than ever before, with over 214000 voter turnout, people power yet again tested in the Island nation.

Ironically, major 2008 Gayoom opposition including Jumhooree Party, Qaumee Party and Adaalath Party, backs President elect Abdullah Yameen who is sponsored by long-time authoritarian President Gayoom. With Pro-democratic ideology Nasheed’s landslide victory in 2008 by 97222 votes to 82121, Gayoom was defeated badly bringing an end to the 30-year repressive government.

Also ironically all alleged 7th February coup actors of 2012 are seen aligned standing stronger than ever before, leaving less room for possible independent investigation and reasonable justice for the events of 6th, 7th and 8th February 2012.

Yameen himself alleged of ‘Mafia’ activities, corruption and dealings with violent street gangs leave much room to speculate on how the next 5 years of office will be like.

Meanwhile, sleeping President Dr. Mohamed Waheed, whose official constitutional term expired on 11th November 2013, is expected to leave his public office later tonight or in the morning as broadcasted on his pre-recorded TV address from earlier. The President of the Peoples Majlis has announced earlier that they are making necessary arrangements for the swearing in ceremony of the new President on 17th November 2013.

Former President Nasheed meanwhile has officially announced his approval of the polling conclusion and has called all his supporters and party members to accept the results peacefully and stressed the importance of being a strong opposition essential for democracy. He also said it is improper to bring down an elected President from the streets but through direct vote.

What fate awaits 2000 isles of the Indian Ocean is yet to be observed.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

An account: "Political" experience! When it all began to me - 20th Sept 2003

My eyes were burning. It hurt. I was somehow "crying", but I was sure I was not crying. Was I in pain? I kept asking my mind. Whats going on? Tears ran down as if there was no end. It was unstoppable. Tears, in tears, there I was. I was afraid, very confused. It started to get all fogy. Scary.

"Daddy??" I kept calling. No response. "Daddy where are you ??" repeatedly I called, all I wanted now was his a response. Nothing. My little brothers they were in pain, they too in tears.


I ran out, to see. I needed to know. I needed to see my Dad. I needed to know why I was crying unintentionally and unnecessarily. Out of the door, into street, quick steps. 

Fogy it was, never have I seen it so in Male'. Screams everywhere. People running. People crying. More people crying. I was crying. Sirens ... Was it the ambulance? fire? Police? or were they all out there with loud sirens ... I can see smoke ... more smoke ... but nothing was clear. I can't make anything out ... too fogy, eyes full of tears ... 

Huge metal container ... it was moving. People running ... fear ... in fright. Away they kept running. More screaming. Can't be. I kept rubbing my eyes, trying to stop the unstoppable. Tears kept on gushing. It pained. I need to make out what it was in front of me. A pole? No ... a cannon? Yes it was a cannon. A cannon, a moving metal container. Armored. 

Explosions? No ... can't be ... Not from the NSS armored tank that was in front of us. No. It was just moving. Not firing. 

People in masks. Chasing people with no masks. Uniformed. NSS.  

"Maeed !! GET IN HERE NOW !!" grabbed me. Pushed me inside. "Wash the face, rinse your eyes, keep washing. Just keep washing". 

He was safe, he is home thank god. 

"I want everyone to wash their eyes, don't open any doors!!" ordered Dad.


Evan Naseem was beaten to death on 19th September 2003 in Maafushi Jail, sparking a prisoners uprising, guards open fire on protesters killing 3 and wounding 17, causing outbreak of violence followed by NSS brutality in Male'. 
This was the night of 20th September 2003. I was 13 years old, going to Grade 8 in Dharumavantha School. The house I live in is on Dhonhuraa Goalhi on Violet Magu. Violet Magu joins with Soasun Magu, where much confrontation took place that night between angry protesters and NSS (National Security Services). 

Monday, October 21, 2013

#InPhotos: Silent Protesters call for Elections in the Maldives - (21st Oct 2013)

#SilentProtest #mvElections13 #Maldives #Youth 
Photos: Maeed (All rights reserved) 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

#InPhotos: Presidential Elections called off - Civil Disobedience in Maldives #OccupyMajeedheeMagu


Presidential Elections scheduled to be held on 19th October 2013, after the Supreme Court declared 7th September 2013 polling void and issued a 16 point election guideline to follow, has been called off in the Maldives. The polling was called off when two of the three Presidential Candidates did not give endorsement to the voters list complying to the 16 point Supreme Court guidelines. And the Elections Commission announcing that they no longer receive the needed support and assistance from the Maldivian Police Services. 

Peaceful protesters took to the streets "Occupying Majeedhu Magu", the main road in Male' City, expressing their anger and calling for immediate elections in Maldives yesterday 19th October 2013. 

Photos by Maeed (All rights reserved)

President Mohamed Nasheed, Maria Didi, Hamid Abdul Ghafoor and Parliament President Abdullah Shahid sitting with people from Henveyru Constituency at Majeedhee Magu - Soasun Magu junction, Male'.

President Nasheed speaking to the crowds gathered at Majeedhee Magu - Soasun Magu junction, Male'

President Nasheed speaking to the crowds gathered at Majeedhee Magu - Soasun Magu junction, Male'

President Nasheed with MDP MPs and supporters walking down Majeedhee Magu, Male'

President Nasheed with MDP MPs and supporters walking down Majeedhee Magu, Male'

Protesters set up sacks as road blocks at Majeedhee Magu, Male'

Protesters praying as sunsets at Majeedhee Magu, Male'

BBQ at Majeedhee Magu, Male'

BBQ at Majeedhee Magu, Male'.

Protesters on Majeedhee Magu, Male' 

Playing cards on the road, a common pass time activity observed throughout the protest at Majeedhee Magu, Male'

Majeedhee Magu - Chandhanee Magu junction, Male'.

Road blocks set up by protesters not allowing vehicles on to Majeedhee Magu, Male'.

Protesters settling in on Majeedhee Magu, Male'.

MDP Chairman 'Reeko' Moosa Maniku, MP Ali Waheed, MP Ibrahim Solih 'Ibu', Former Environment Minister Aslam and Former Police Commissioner Faseeh

Protesters in front of Male' City Council on Majeedhee Magu, Male'

Isha Prayer in front Male' City Council, Majeedhee Magu, Male'

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