Street Scenes

Despite the sweeping changes in government and media, life goes on in the teeming streets of Male. You can still see the men in island dress selling their produce from handcarts or at stalls in the local market. We had a crew standing by to cover any celebrations or demonstrations in the street when the new constitution was signed, but nothing happened. It’s hard for an outsider to interpret this but a Maldivian told me that people are worn out by the ongoing process of reform and just see the constitution as another step in the road. Most don’t seem to feel it will change their lives very much. The media has to do a better job of explaining the changes and educating the voters.