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The plight of the Chagossians has been ongoing for fifty years:

Mauritius: The Struggle of the Chagossian People

Those who remember the deportations recall being escorted off the islands, forced to leave their belongings behind and shoved onto ships, never to see their home again. "When we were deported, we were taken with a stick at our back, put on a boat" said one man, who was a young boy at the time of the deportations.

"As we were deported, our animals and dogs were killed," said another inhabitant. "And we were taken out of the island like animals ourselves."

The British have kept the story of the islands complex, confusing and hidden from public scrutiny but the fact of the matter is that one of the most powerful known empires has wilfully suppressed the most basic right, the right to land, in the full glare of the international community and international law.

Chagos islanders want to go home

The as yet uninhabited islands were discovered by the Portuguese in 1512, and later passed to the Dutch (1598-1710). Under French rule (1715-1814), the first African slaves were brought to work on coconut plantations. The UK took possession at the end of the Napoleonic wars, and still controls the islands under the name British Indian Ocean Territory. Their incomplete decolonisation is a human tragedy.
by Bernard on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 09:09:59 PM EST
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"Next year on Diego Garcia."
by rifek on Sun Mar 10th, 2019 at 12:51:41 AM EST
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