Friday, 20 May 2011

The Chagos Islanders

Take a read of the following article.

Banished Chagos islanders insist: we are not at point of no return

For those that do not know the history, it is essentially one of the greatest acts of injustice that has occurred since WW2 and was a collusion between the British and American governments. Around 40 years ago, the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands were removed by their colonial masters, HM Government, and were dumped on Mauritius or Seychelles. In their place, the shared British/American Base of Diego Garcia was built. There are plenty of articles where you can find out about the injustice of the Chagos Islanders. Here from the BBC. And here for the wikipedia entry..

The reason I take an interest in this is multiple. The most obvious is the sense of injustice, and you can see just how creepy HM Government gets when it wants to do things its own way. Democracy and fairness, my ass, not when it comes to brown skin people. Secondly, I am also a Creole. This could well have been the Seychelles instead of the Chagos Islands, and it would have been my mother's home country that would have had the military air base, but the tortoises saved us.

Oh well, it is an uphill struggle. Whatever happens, will be unknown. But the more people who know about it, maybe the sooner justice can be reached...

(ironically, a shot by the US military, so free for use - from wikipedia!)

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