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Allen Vincatassin: Negotiating Life In Mauritius And The UK

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One of the last born in Diego Garcia, Allen Vincatassin was less than a year old in the winter of 1970 when the islanders of Diego Garcia were told the copra plantation was being closed down and they would have to leave Chagos. In Mauritius, his grandparents became labourers and worked long hours. In school, he was looked down upon by my teachers and classmates who considered Chagossians second class citizens from a distant country. Allen found strength studying the Bible and reading stories. Jesus Christ and Moses became his role models. Allen, who was then studying at a Bible Training Centre, established the Diego Garcia Island Council with his fellow compatriots, Who decided to fight for the rights of the Diego Garcians who were the first islanders sent into exile. A year later, About twenty of us who had also arrived in the UK campaigned for human rights.

Keywords: Allen Vincatassin; Bible Training Centre; Chagossians; Diego Garcia; Mauritius



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