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Monday 22 December  
Drugs banners in Maldives

South Asia Wired - The Maldives and drugs - A dark side of paradise

On air: 18 May 2012 16:40 (Photo by Devi Boerema/RNW)

In May 2012, South Asia Wired presented a familiar global problem that had rapidly become a major problem in a very unlikely place.

The Maldives are usually billed as a tourist paradise. With its pristine beaches and idyllic scenery, it's easy to see why many honeymooners flock to the island resorts.

But this paradise has a dark underbelly.

Drug abuse is one of its biggest problems. More than 40 percent of young Maldivians are active users of hard drugs. Male, the Maldives' main island, has a population of just 130,000, but according to reports, there are more than 30,000 addicts on this island alone.

South Asia Wired's Devi Boerema went to Male and made a report you can hear on this week's program.

Click here to listen to the show, or click here.



aly adyb 20 May 2012 - 6:19am / Maldives

Hats off! wonderfully done, almost every aspect of the problem presented!

Anonymous 20 May 2012 - 12:50am / maldives

population is 300,000 in the maldives..just a small correction

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