The British Royal Navy established the so called PORT T in Addu Atoll and made its headquarter in the
The original idea of a naval base in Addu Atoll came up to provide a safety fall-back for the British Eastern Fleet. In their military thinking, if the Japanese took over
In August 1941 HMS. Guardian was in Addu Atoll to clear and construct an airstrip on
During this time, the populations of the
The Japanese remained unaware of the base till much later in the war. But submarine reconnaissance established the existence of the base. All the entrances into the inner channel of the atoll were permanently closed by anti-submarine nets. The German U-boat U183 torpedoed the British Loyalty in March 1944. It was a very impressive long range shot from outside the atoll. A grip in the anti torpedo net was focused to attack the vessel. There was noteworthy oil pollution after this incident and the British personnel cleaned the lagoon. Even today, the affect of this pollution is seen in the lagoon. After war the British Loyalty was scuttled close to
During this period, the quality of life of Adduans went below poverty. Those who went to work for the central government were paid insufficient wages in the form of rice and sugar. The people were treated like slaves by the officials sent from the central government. Hunger was its ultimate result. People were not fishing as they did before. What they had they were not able to export due to the war.
Luckily, the people of Addu had large housing plots during those days. They grew coconuts, bananas, papayas, and a very large amount of cassava in their gardens, along with other plants as fertilizing. Hithadhoo had 149 toddy [A sweet sap from palm tree] trappers. From their work
The central government had dispatched a person called
When cruelty went beyond limits, the people of Hithadhoo stood up in unity to kill the heartless official. The leader was
Can the Addu people be called secessionists? It is more worth to explore whatever happened, and to learn from the findings.