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Aurélie Marie-Lisette Talate: Young Again In Diego

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Among the memorable scenes of the 2006 return to the Chagos islands is a frail old woman, landing on the shore of Peros Banhos; she throws herself on the sea-washed sand and embraces it with her whole body. After so many years of longing in exile, that moment must have been, for Marie-Lisette Talate (also known as Aurélie), a fusion of her home, land and sea. Lisette's narrative of how she was forcibly removed from her homeland has been told and retold a number of times. It is her life story, which in essence was also that of the Chagossian people: recovered from a sudden crash, saved in different formats and spread across the worldwide web. Lisette was among the group of Chagossian women who stood up with Charlesia on the front line of the Ilois struggle - literally, the islanders - in the 1970s.

Keywords: Aurélie Marie-Lisette Talate; Chagos islands; chagossian; charlesia; peros banho



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