Riddles islands or hides the warm sea and white sand?
What could be more beautiful than the white clean beach, warm sand and amazingly clear water? Perhaps everyone dreams of visiting the Maldives or Bali at least once in their lives. But there is another side to the coin. Some of the islands, which are isolated from outsiders, able to store a lot of different secrets and darkest stories about which almost no one knows. It could be a shipwreck, and cannibalism, and even the testing of nuclear weapons. Some islands are definitely "saw" something worse than a nightmare. In today's article we will tell you about three of the most interesting islands that reveal their secrets.
1. thilafushi. Garbage Island
Maldives are considered to be a tropical paradise on Earth. Just imagine, clean and white sand, well-groomed beaches and clear water. This image often force tourists to the past as much as possible to come and share their money.
Thilafushi - is an artificially created island, which is designed for landfills. Initially, it was made in good order, because almost every week Maldives is visited by tens of thousands of tourists, and rubbish was left of them very much.
In the so-called Rubis island is home to about 150 people, whose job is to sift through the garbage and find out what can be recycled, it is possible to burn, and that can be exported to other countries. Every day, the island is brought to three hundred and fifty tons of garbage, and it's an eerie sight. Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish means that workers need to be less and less choosy when it comes to the fate that awaits the trash. Most of the waste is combusted without discrimination, including electronics, batteries, and plastic, toxic combustion products which pollute the air and water.
2. Island North Brother, the shipwreck of the steamer "General Slocum"
Island North Brother is followed by shelter to so many people because of the tragedy that occurred in New York. June 15, 1904 Lutheran Evangelical Church of St. Mark held its annual picnic. More than 1,000 of its followers boarded a steamboat "General Slocum", to get to your destination. Passengers were mainly women and children. But the ship, having been on the road a little more than half an hour, caught fire. Burning ship washed up on the shores of the island of North Brother, and one can only imagine the grim action there erupted. Based on reports and records, almost all were killed, that is, from 1358 people survived 337. To imagine the magnitude of the tragedy, just let you know that the number of victims can be compared only with the number of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The bodies and debris, which are taken out on the beach over, stretched along the coastline. It was a terrible scene. Some survivors wandered among the charred bodies, trying to find their relatives. For negligence and utmost disregard for safety measures on board the ship was condemned his captain. During the investigation, detectives discovered that the fire hoses were rotted long ago, lifeboats almost was not, and the ones that were falling apart, and a life jacket at all was one. People tried to escape, but, unfortunately, it is very few people succeed.
3. San Servolo, Psychiatric Hospital
The island of San Servolo is located off the coast of Italy. Today it houses a museum that tells the story of the troubled past of this place. Initially, in the XVIII, the museum was a hospital, which housed the wounded military. But already in the XIX century, this place has become a psychiatric hospital. An interesting fact is that this "medical" establishment was under the control of an ancient religious order known as the "San Giovanni di Dio", which has long been famous for their knowledge in the field of medicine.
A key method of "treating" their insane patients had absolute isolation and various abuses. Order followed the practice of what they called "moral treatment" includes various abuses bordering on inhuman cruelty. To date, the museum features a variety of straitjackets that time, chains, handcuffs and a long, thin sticks, who beat people. Also used electroconvulsive therapy.
The most disturbing and unpleasant lay in the fact that in this mental hospital doctors rarely occurred enlightenment. Despite all the abuse, torture and humiliation experienced by the patients in this hospital, the doctors tried to consult with them and verbally solve their problem. In particular, in addition to the standard "treatment" during the sessions one-on-one physician offers patients a massage.