Sorrow, sadness, and impoverishment: The lives of Chagossians in Mauritius

Laura Jeffery, David Vine

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This book examines the history and contemporary living conditions of Chagossians who were evicted from the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean to make way for a strategic U.S. military base. Initially part of colonial Mauritius, Chagos was integrated into a new colony named the British Indian Ocean Territory in 1965. In 1966, Great Britain transferred control of Diego Garcia, the largest Chagos island, to the Americans under a fifty year lease. The expulsions which followed were designed to satisfy the U.S. demand for an unpopulated territory. The Chagossians were thus forced to resettle in Mauritius and the Seychelles, where livelihoods are poor and marginalized. The Chagossians are currently engaged in a campaign seeking right of return to the archipelago and recognition as a people forced to live in diaspora.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEviction from the Chagos Islands
EditorsSandra Evers, Marry Kooy
Place of PublicationLeiden
ISBN (Electronic)9789004204416
ISBN (Print) 9789004202603
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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