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Title:Eviction from the Chagos Islands: displacement and struggle for identity against two world powers
Editors:Evers, Sandra J.T.M.ISNI
Kooy, Marry
Series:African history (ISSN 2211-1441)
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic terms:Chagos Archipelago
social history
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Abstract:This book contains the fruits of a 2008 conference, The fate of the Chagossians since their eviction from the Chagos Islands, held at VU University, Amsterdam. In 1966, Britain transferred control of Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos Archipelago or the British Indian Ocean Territory, to the United States for use as a strategic military base for 50 years. This action precipitated the eviction of the Chagossian people, a mixture of the descendants of black African and Malagasy slaves and later indentured labourers from India, principally to Mauritius and the Seychelles. The contributions examine their present fate. The topics covered are: the right to be called a people (S.J.T.M. Evers, M. Kooy); a history of the islands and their people (D. Vine); excerpts from the narrative of Father Roger Dussercle, a 1930s French missionary who wrote extensively on the people (V.Y. Hookoomsing); an investigation of 'the Chagos Affair' (J. Chan Low); the lives of the Chagossians in Mauritius (L. Jeffrey, D. Vine); the Chagossian exiles in the Seychelles (D. Vine); Chagossian litigation in the English courts (S. Allen); Chagossian prospects in the postcolonial era (M. Tong); an account of the pilgrimage home in March 2006 (S.F. Johannessen); Chagossian onward migration to Britain (L. Jeffrey); and Chagossian children in Mauritius (S.J.T. M. Evers). The chapters are interspersed with vignettes of Chagossian arts and life by C. Siatous, A. Ramchalaon, C. Alexis, B. Dugasse, A. Vincatassin, O. Bancoult, A. M-L Talate, J. Corbyn and M. Li Hing. [ASC Leiden abstract]