THE JOURNEY OF AURORA - CHAGOS ISLANDS, Part 2 , by @marc-allaria (translated from French)

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This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: LE VOYAGE D'AURORA - LES CHAGOS - Partie 2

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.

Part 2


Diego Garcia, an atoll occupied by a representation of the US Army, being a prohibited area to more than 12 nautical miles around, only travelers arriving by sailing today have access to two atolls of the archipelago: Solomon and Peros Banhos. On these two atolls forty years ago, Mauritian and Seychellois communities were living, exploiting the copra. Of these years spent on these atolls, there remain today only some vestiges overtaken by Nature. Because in the tropics the rain forest is recovering its rights at a surprising speed. As soon as the roof collapses and the light returned to the house, wildlife will resume its rights. It will be herbs, lianas, whole trees that will forge a passage through the concrete slabs, thus covering almost all dwellings.

On Boddam island, part of Solomon atoll, the former four-cell prison is now littered with lianas and guarded by some coconut crabs, a protected species on the archipelago. The church has lost its roof and has kept only one of its stained glass windows, ready to fall. Only the old school has kept its roof and therefore a floor still virgin of vegetation. Elsewhere, the ruins seem to be several centuries old with the exception of the seaside maintained or, say, rather arranged by the sailboat travelers to decorate some improvised barbecue.

A stele dated 2006 testifies to the regular passage of some Chagossians who came to pay a regular tribute to their old Land. The good state of the cemetery is also a testimony of their regular arrival.
This passage is each time supervised by the British army, wishing above all to avoid that the archipelago fills itself again with its residents. Nowadays, a new forced eviction would be of the worst effect ...

(to be continued)

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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
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These are really wonderful shots. Of lost places, unfortunately, I have no recordings. So far I have limited myself to landscape photography and macro photography. Unfortunately, most obejktive costs so much that you have to decide between travel destination and an lense.


Thank you. You can find more story about Chagos on my blog in french by me, or in english by @vcelier.

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