On Sunday, February 22, 2015, former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was arrested on charges of terrorism related to political decisions made in office in 2012. Since his arrest, thousands of protesters in the Maldives have been flooding the streets to protest the charges, citing political motivations behind President Nasheed's resignation and subsequent arrest. Nasheed's environmental and humanitarian work and his title as the first democratically elected president made him a favorite with many Maldivians, and supporters in the United States and United Nations are calling for his release.
The Hydrous worked with former president Nasheed during our expedition to the Maldives in 2014, and share his goal of an environmentally-healthy Maldives. Coral reefs in the coral atoll are extremely fragile, due to factors such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change. Unfortunately efforts to correct these environmental issues often get put on hold during political unrest.
This past February The Hydrous presented our work in the Maldives at the REAL 2015 conference, the world's first reality computing conference. We spoke about our collaboration with Nasheed and the broader aims of our work, which is to link humanitarian and environmental crises and work to solve both through imagery. We will be returning to the Maldives later this year to help the cause.