Malé, Maldives: A photo exhibition celebrating the strength and courage of the tsunami survivors and all who have contributed to the recovery of the Maldives is to be launched today by the Chief Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Centre and Minister of Defence and National Security, Mr Ismail Shafeeu.

‘Maldives Tsunami Recovery’, a photo exhibition being launch today in Malé, is a collection of 40 powerful photographs that charts the events that have occurred in the Maldives from the first days following the tsunami on 26 December 2004 to the present day.  The evocative images depict the destruction and pain of the tsunami, the relief effort, and the current recovery and reconstruction programmes being undertaken by the Government, humanitarian agencies and the community.

“The exhibition is a visual testimony to the strength and courage of the tsunami survivors and all who have contributed to the recovery of the Maldives”, says Mr Winston Rudder, United Nations Resident Coordinator, a.i.

The exhibition will be launched today, Wednesday 29 March 2006, at 4.30 pm, by the Chief Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Centre and Minister of Defence and National Security, Mr Ismail Shafeeu at Hulhumalé/Malé Ferry Terminal, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé.

The exhibition will run for one month until further notice.  Maldives Tsunami Recovery is a joint project by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United Nations.

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For more information please contact Cathy Williams, +(960) 779 5861 or Azza Hameed +(960) 779 4285 cathy.williams@undp.org  or azza.hameed@ifrc.org

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