by Florian Grosset - £14.99 Myriad Editions (2021)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781912408672 | ISBN 10: 1912408678
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During the cold war, the US government sought to establish an overseas military presence in the Indian Ocean. This graphic novel is a shocking account of British complicity in the forced exodus of the Chagos Islanders from their homeland to make that plan possible. Florian Grosset’s searing account of the eviction, and the harsh life faced by the Chagossians after their displacement, looks back to the first generation of slaves who arrived on the archipelago and the lives of their descendants. It charts the present-day diaspora of Chagossians, their fight for the right to return through protests and court cases, and the different strategies still being used to keep them away from their land. In February 2019, the International Court of Justice ruled that the UK decolonisation process of the Chagos islands was unlawful, and that the UK should return administration of the archipelago to Mauritius.
Florian Grosset is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Kent. She was born and grew up in Mauritius.
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