This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: LE VOYAGE D'AURORA - STOP#11 - LES CHAGOS - Partie 1...!
As my primary language is not English, there are probably some mistakes in my translation.
Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but Marc Allaria (@marc-allaria), a French guy.
THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - CHAGOS ISLANDS
There is still a Land uninhabited by man, a Land without connection to the modern world, a Land belonging only to navigators who at the price of a long and often bumpy road are the only ones who can come to contemplate it. This Land is an island. No, several islands, some grouped into atolls, others totally isolated perched on top of an emerging reef. These islands are unique, inviolate, sheltering a fauna that does not know Man and have underwater depths of an extraordinary purity. These islands bear a mythical name for people of the Sea and unknown to those of Earth. Islands located on the other side of the ocean, the Chagos Archipelago.
A STAINED SOCIAL HISTORY
And yet, if the postcard is beautiful, social history is one of the most unfair of the post-colonial era. We are in 1964, the islands of the Western Indian Ocean are under British administration. This set of islands includes Mauritius, Seychelles, the Chagos Archipelago, as well as a few scattered islands in this part of the ocean. The time of independence has come. Two states, that of Mauritius and Seychelles are now free from European occupation. But the great confrontation has just ended, and strategic positions now play a very important role. Somewhat forgotten between Mauritius and the Maldives, the Chagos are easily negotiated for a modest sum by the British who retain the administration. The Chagos remain British, and still are today. There, the exploitation of the copra is less and less lucrative and occupies only one or two thousands of workers being for the most part either Mauritians, or descendants of freed slaves that have become residents of the archipelago.
In 1967, only 3 years later, an agreement is signed between British and Americans. This agreement authorizes the pentagon to implant on the atoll of Diego Garcia, one of their largest world military bases outside US territory. Negotiated without consulting the local population, a clause of the contract stipulates that the whole archipelago must be uninhabited by civilians. From this date, then begins a series of "soft" evictions carried out by prohibiting the transport of the passengers in the direction back Mauritius-Chagos. Chagossian workers returning to Mauritius for family reasons or for health reasons find themselves unable to return to the archipelago. During the following years, the Chagos became slowly empty of its population, and will see its last inhabitants to set off for a final trip one way to Mauritius in 1971 aboard a ship sponsored by the army. Expulsion is this time authoritarian.
(to be continued)
01: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Funny situations ...! at sea..., by @marc-allaria
02: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The fishing file ...!, by @marc-allaria
03: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Cagayan Islands, by @marc-allaria
04: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Seaweed...!, by @marc-allaria
05: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Bacuit Archipelago, by @marc-allaria
06: BORNEO: Kudat and the technical stop, by @marc-allaria
07: BORNEO: Kinabatangan River, by @marc-allaria
08: BORNEO: Maratua, part 1, by @marc-allaria
09: BORNEO: Big Fish School, by @marc-allaria
10: BORNEO: Diving in Maratua ...!, by @marc-allaria
11: BORNEO: The jellyfish lake ...!, by @marc-allaria
12: SULAWESI: Sewia...!, by @marc-allaria
13: SULAWESI: Story of a dive at Pasoso Island...!, by @marc-allaria
14: SULAWESI: Tanjun Kai...!, by @marc-allaria
15: SULAWESI: Kopoposang...!, by @marc-allaria
16: SULAWESI: PA-RA-SI-TE...!, by @marc-allaria
17: SULAWESI: BIRA...!, by @marc-allariaThe long mishap - Part 1
18: SULAWESI: Diving under my house ...!
19: SULAWESI: Stright ahead ...!, by @marc-allaria
20: The long mishap - Part 1, by @marc-allaria
21: The long mishap - Part 2, by @marc-allaria
22: The long mishap - Part 3, by @marc-allaria
23: The long mishap - Part 4, by @marc-allaria
24: The long mishap - Part 5, by @marc-allaria
25: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - Christmas Island - Part 1, by @marc-allaria
26: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - Christmas Island - Part 2, by @marc-allaria
27: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - Christmas Island - Part 3, by @marc-allaria
28: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - Christmas Island - Part 4: Crabs, by @marc-allaria
29: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - Christmas Island - Part 5, by @marc-allaria
30: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - Christmas Island - Part 6: Land of asylum, by @marc-allaria
31: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - COCO KEELINGS ISLAND, Introduction, by @marc-allaria
32: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - COCO KEELINGS ISLANDS, Part 2, by @marc-allaria
33: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - COCO KEELINGS ISLANDS, Part 3, by @marc-allaria
34: THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - COCO KEELINGS ISLANDS, Part 4, by @marc-allaria