15 August 2015
Today as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II, let us all take a moment and remember the courage and the sacrifices of all those brave men and women who fought to end the war and enabled the world to forge the peace.
As we commemorate this day, we should also remember the sacrifices made by our forefathers. The Maldives, though a small nation, isolated from the rest of the countries in the Indian Ocean also faced severe consequences of the World War II. The limitation in trade links caused shortages in basic food supplies that created widespread starvation in the islands. Yet, Maldivians contributed financially to the Allies war efforts including hosting a staging post for the armed forces.
As we commemorate the end of the World War II, we have to renew our determination not to let another human induced catastrophe to strike the world. Such a danger could be imminent unless we take urgent and bold measures to stop climate change and promote the value of mutual respect and tolerance.