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Silence Of The Chagos

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ISBN: 9781632062345
AuthorPatel, Shenaz
Pub Date07/11/2019
BindingTrade PB
Pages178
CountryUSA
Dewey843.92
Publisher: Regan Arts
Quick overview "A young man's journey of self-discovery illuminates the heart-wrenching history of the Chagos Archipelago.... Patel, a Mauritian journalist, uses her cast of characters to narrate a keenly observed story, translated from French, about displacement.... A fierce and evocative telling of the strangled arc of a peace-loving people."--Kirkus Reviews
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Every afternoon a woman in a red headscarf walks to the end of the quay and looks out over the water, fixing her gaze 'back there': to the small island in the Indian Ocean that she and her people have been deported from. But the island is 'closed,' there is no going back. Charlesia waits in vain for a ship to take her and her fellow Chagossians back to their home on Diego Garcia. With no explanation, and only an hour to pack, the Chagossians are deported from Diego Garcia and relocated to Mauritius. Charlesia mourns the loss of her life on Diego Garcia, where she spent her days working on a coconut plantation and her nights listening to sega music with her family and friends. But most urgently, Charlesia seeks answers for how and why this injustice happened to her people. As Charlesia struggles to come to terms with her life on Mauritius, she crosses paths with Desire, a young man born on the one-way journey to Mauritius. Desire has never set foot on Diego Garcia, but as Charlesia unfolds the dramatic story of his people, he learns of the home he never knew, taken from him before he was born and transformed into a military base. Shenaz Patel artfully reconstructs the lives of the Chagossians, whose cries for a return to their homeland are no longer being silenced. With the sovereignty of Chagos currently being debated on an international judiciary level, Silence of the Chagos is an important and timely examination of the rights of individuals in the face of governmental corruption.

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Every afternoon a woman in a red headscarf walks to the end of the quay and looks out over the water, fixing her gaze 'back there': to the small island in the Indian Ocean that she and her people have been deported from. But the island is 'closed,' there is no going back. Charlesia waits in vain for a ship to take her and her fellow Chagossians back to their home on Diego Garcia. With no explanation, and only an hour to pack, the Chagossians are deported from Diego Garcia and relocated to Mauritius. Charlesia mourns the loss of her life on Diego Garcia, where she spent her days working on a coconut plantation and her nights listening to sega music with her family and friends. But most urgently, Charlesia seeks answers for how and why this injustice happened to her people. As Charlesia struggles to come to terms with her life on Mauritius, she crosses paths with Desire, a young man born on the one-way journey to Mauritius. Desire has never set foot on Diego Garcia, but as Charlesia unfolds the dramatic story of his people, he learns of the home he never knew, taken from him before he was born and transformed into a military base. Shenaz Patel artfully reconstructs the lives of the Chagossians, whose cries for a return to their homeland are no longer being silenced. With the sovereignty of Chagos currently being debated on an international judiciary level, Silence of the Chagos is an important and timely examination of the rights of individuals in the face of governmental corruption.