Mauritius, with its population of some 1,284,264, is located off the southeast coast of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean and in many respects is a paradise. Its has a
buoyant tourist industry and rapidly developing
financial and industrial sectors.
However these rapid
changes have put strains on the traditional way of
island life with the UN recently reporting "Pockets of
poverty remain, and child abuse and violence against
women, sexual exploitation, increasing drug and alcohol
dependency among young people and the exclusion of
children with disabilities all are cause of concern."