Back to routine, means also back to the news! I haven’t really read the newspapers while on our little break. I did of course though follow the French Presidential vote on Sunday. Let’s see what that is going to bring us on May 7th.

Week 17 (start 24 April)

Wednesday

It will be a short one this week as I start mid week. However, this first one is something very close to my heart. The state of the coral reef in Mauritius. Well, let’s be honest it is as sad a statement as in other places like Australia or Maldives.

source: lexpress.mu

The coral reef is what gives us our lagoons. Without reef no lagoons, no colourful fish. The ecosystem on the reef is extremely fragile. Too warm water for too long and the coral starts to die. Not the right balance in the fish species, and the coral dies. Pesticides and herbicides go in the rivers, go in the ocean – creates an un-balance in the ph of the water… and the coral dies. And these are just some examples.

I saw what last year record water temperature did in the Maldives, it was choking and so sad. People come here to Mauritius (more so to the Maldives) because of the water – what you see, the sports – without it, let’s be honest, there really isn’t much to do.

Corals are not supposed to be white. A white coral is a dead or a dying coral. According to the first map above – 3% of the reef monitored in Mauritius is dead. 44% is going there – if the temperatures of the Oceans don’t drop. Of course the dead corals could be replaced by new ones, but it’s a big job, it takes years for corals to grow and they must have the right conditions. Diving alone brings millions of rupees to the island every year. More has to be done on a local level to explain how important the reefs are, the population can do their bit to save the reefs.

Thursday

Black magic is still something that exists on the island, nobody talks about it, but everybody believes in it. Today in the news, there is a little article about a lady who needed help to sort out her couple. She got in contact with a sorcerer (and also carpenter) whom she paid Rs150’000 (over US$4000). He made animal sacrifices in graveyards and religious places. He also bought lime and flowers, camphor and gourds to use during his offerings. She lodged a complaint and went to court when her marital situation didn’t get any better.

 Friday

A new comic is on the market in Mauritius. It was presented this week at the Blue Penny Museum in Port Louis. The idea is to present the history of Mauritius to a younger crowd. The author decided, rightfully, that it would be impossible to present the 500 year history of our little island in 1 book, so there will be 4 comics – with one being published every 3 months. Shenaz Patel, Mauritian journalist and author, tells the real history of her island, not the one taught in school. She says (i translate from the French version): “I like History with a capital H. I was always surprised that in school we learned the history from other countries and not our own”. This is why she has chosen the comics format, to adapt and reach the most of the younger generation.

  • The first part is called: 1598-1767: First steps of the colonisation of a crossroads island (Premiers pas de la colonisation d’une île-carrefour).
  • The second part, in production now, will be about the expansion of a very thought after island.
  • The third comics is the contemporary time.
  • The last part will be about Rodrigues.

A box with all four should be out for the 50th anniversary of independence in March 2018.

Posted by Julz

Hi! Hope you are enjoying my travel blog about Mauritius! I am a Danish Expat, mum of 2. Currently we live in Mauritius and we absolutely love it. I am taking you around this beautiful island and also other travels we enjoy!

11 Comments

  1. I wonder what happened with the lady who hired a sorcerer and didn’t get what she paid for.

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    1. Maybe she learned to work bu herself on her relationships 😉

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      1. A $4000 dollar lesson in taking things into your own hands.

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      2. hehe I know!!

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  2. I read in some research that apparently mineral sunscreens are better for the environment than chemical ones.
    Hmmm… could be more effective to spend the USD4000 on a marriage counselor rather than a sorcerer. Couples can also go on holidays and eat really delicious food to improve their relationship 🙂

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    1. I rarely use sunscreens – and never when I get close to the reef or am diving. If I swim in the ocean I where a rash guard. I use coconut oil that has a small factor around 10 (the pure stuff). the chemical ones are very harmful to the reefs specially because people smudge on just before going in the water, the cream doesn’t have time to enter the skin… everything is washed off and they still get all red! all the chemicals end up on the coral. And yes!! cake and holidays work much much better than a guy cutting the head of a chicken when you need your marriage to work 😀

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  3. So sad that coral reefs all over the world are dying, all because of how we humans treat the Earth.

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    1. I know, it is very sad! I think it is a mix of not caring, not interested, not knowing attitude. I do all I kind to teach my kids to love our planet.

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      1. It is all we can do to educate the next generation and hope enough of them listen – and care.

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  4. I like the new comic idea too

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    1. It’s important that the younger generation gets a relationship with their past, so they understand it. It’s a great initiative.
      Will buy it as soon as i can

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