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Reverend Mario LI Hing: Committed To The Chagossian Cause

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Mario Li Hing, President of the Protestant Evangelical Church and Director of Scripture Union Indian Ocean/Africa, explains that "a few years ago, during a time of prayer and fasting, the case of the Chagossians was laid as a burden on our hearts. Together with a Catholic priest, Father Mongelard, Reverend Li Hing accompanied the group of Chagossians that visited three of the Chagos islands in 2006, noting that "though most of the Chagossians are Roman Catholics they have asked me to be their chaplain. Speaking about the expulsion of the Chagossians, Reverend Li Hing claims that "the British government as well as the Mauritian government did not foresee the implications of the deal, which was part of the negotiations about independence. The struggle in court has made the next generation aware of their Chagossian identity, according to Reverend Li Hing.

Keywords: Chagossian; Evangelical Church; Mario Li Hing; Mauritian; Roman Catholics; Scripture Union Indian Ocean

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