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Bernadette Dugasse: Born In Diego Garcia December 1956

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Bernadette Dugasse is a Chagossian, born in Diego Garcia in 1956 to Seychellois parents who moved to this island for work. Bernadette herself was not deported as part of the expulsion process - she moved to the Seychelles in 1958 - however, she encountered many of the difficulties other Chagossians faced in the Seychelles and witnessed the experience of those deported after 1971. Today she is vice chair of the Chagos Committee (Seychelles), which represents Chagossians in the Seychelles. When Chagossians were deported to Seychelles, they had nowhere to live. Young Chagossian girls were raped because they begged for food or money. Every morning before Bernadette left the house for school, her mother told her never to ask men for money or anything because she was scared of her being raped. It was better to go look under fruit trees to eat mangoes scavenged by rats than to ask for anything from anybody.

Keywords: Bernadette dugasse; Chagossian; Diego Garcia; seychelles



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