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This island is a toxic dump in the centre of paradise

Thilafushi, an artificial island in the middle of the Maldives archipelago, is the dumping ground for Malé and luxury hotels.
Mar 19th 2013, 7:15 AM 15,357 18

THILAFUSHI, LOCATED JUST a few miles west of the Maldivian capital of Malé, is a far cry from the white beaches and turquoise waters that surround it.

Once a pristine lagoon in the Indian Ocean, the artificial island now serves as a dumping ground for one of the most exclusive tourist destinations in the world.

Hundreds of tons of solid waste and toxic material from Malé and luxury hotels on nearby islands are unloaded on Thilafushi every day.

The amount of waste continues to grow as more and more tourists flock to the islands.

Maldivian native Hani Amir captured shocking images of Thilafushi, taken last year, that reveal the ugly side of paradise. He called it ‘God’s dirty little secret’ on his Flickr page.

All images by Hani Amir

- Dina Spector

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