Diego Garcia has been on and off the radar of mainstream news channels as a one of many conspiracies suggesting that Malaysian flight 370 might've landed on the carol reef atoll.
|The foots print shaped island once home to an exiled indigenous people the Chagossians|
Faces of people removed from Diego Garcia by force compliments of Afrisynergy News
Despite the long history and culture, the Chagossians were dispossessed of their lands and homes than forcibly removed from their homeland by British-American military and flown to Mauritius and Seychelles. Like the Palestinians, Chagossians have not been allowed to return to their own homeland that is now a massive U.S. military base that has been transporting equipment and other technologies for the past forty years. Diego Garcia has helped the American and British military in terms of transportation from the Middle East to Asia vice versea. The Chagossians' decades long exile from their homeland has strengthened their unending bond and strong identity to Diego Garcia. Despite attempts by ordinary Chagossians to simply return home, American and British military officials still refuse to even recognized the rights of the indigenous people or that their force removal violates international law or even constitute a crime against humanity. Chagossians have taken the British to court. To add insult to injury, many peoples from neighboring countries such as Philippines or Sri Lanka are allowed to work on the U.S. military base on the island while Chagossians who live in the slums in poverty and feel disconnected from their host countries Mauritius and Seychelles (still a French colony) are turned away from approaching the island. The Chagossian history of forced removal and exile is not acknowledged in any mainstream history on the Indian Ocean islands or African islands. The island for years was referred to as uninhabited island without an indigenous population. Meanwhile, Mauritius has also been in a legal battle with the Anglo-American dominance of Diego Garcia seeking to return the island to Mauritian sovereignty prior to British colonial rule. Being disconnected physically or spiritually from one's country (regardless of globalization making the world a smaller place) can damage people more than a war or violence. A home or homeland for any person represents their identity and sense of belonging to a place through deep embedded roots.
Stealing a Nation by John Pilger
Story of Diego Garcia and its people