A Shameful Story

diego_video.jpgA reader who saw one of my entries about Diego Garcia suggested I take a look at an award-winning story which details the despicable treatment forced upon the 2,000 original inhabitants of Diego Garcia. The fact that there were any inhabitants other than the workers on the copra plantation came as a shock to me. Although I was never actually told this by anyone of authority on the island, it was “common knowledge” that the island had no indigenous population.

Eventually, I read about this shameful story at various Internet sites, but this video offers much more detail about the horrible treatment endured by the original inhabitants of this beautiful island. I found the video quite disturbing. I wonder how I would have felt about going if I had known this story in advance.

8 comments

  • Koji

    The plight of so many before us should not pollute you. Keep seeing theGOODDude.

  • Kirsty Fleming

    hi been reading your blog.

    I was wondering if you remembered soemone called Mike Fleming as he used to work there and died a few years ago. I would really like to talk to you about this if you could contact me.

  • GIJOE

    So non indeginous people who come from Africa and India predominately to work on a plantation on land they do not own who about 2000 total (I think it was less) make a nation? Sounds like they were the ones trying to steal the land from a nation and amazingly it did not work.
    But I agree liberals should buy them an island and fund it and if a liberally run third world impoverished nation owned the land just give it to them and they pay for it all. Hell that’s what happened on Vieques Island in Peurto Rico the only native birds and fauna were on the Range part of the Island of which the US owned ALL of it including the non range and over the years homesteaders illegally moved in to provide services then stayed and claimed rights to the land and we at huge tax payer and readiness expense costing lives and billions since gave it back and the same with the Panama Canal. I see the only shameful thing being idiots looking for a free ride and other idiots giving them a voice to steal. I say start a web page and buy em an island somewhere liberals.

  • whisperathome

    hi there
    “I see the only shameful thing being idiots looking for a free ride and other idiots giving them a voice to steal. I say start a web page and buy em an island somewhere liberals.”

    you could be right, after all it’s a british island that america don’t pay a penny rent.

    this is causing friction here in the uk. things are tenacious as it is with anglo american relations not doing so well.
    rendition flights has brought this out into the open, as it was british soil, and america was told that we would not allow this to happen under any guise.
    this case is not going away and there can only be one outcome..islanders will be put back home..and either the base there lives with it or it’s goodbye to to the base.
    we brits do not get any benefit from the base in anyway, the cold war is over and the current conflicts don’t justify the base being there.

    hopefull an amicable outcome can be found for these people..

  • kamm

    “I see the only shameful thing being idiots looking for a free ride and other idiots giving them a voice to steal. I say start a web page and buy em an island somewhere liberals.”

    Priceless. Classic example of the mental level of some early primates – take over someone else’s beautiful land, lie about the whole story and when someone points out the primitive arrogance and the underlying utter hypocrisy and lies, attack him.
    Wow, talk about primitive, uneducated, ignorant, medieval-age colonial arrogance…

    … why do I think it’s coming from a “social conservative”? (Hah like if any of them would know WTF does that mean!:D)

  • kamm

    BTW it’s more than funny to read when some ignorant “gijoe” calls Pilger liberal (provided he actually watched the linked movie, not just talking BS out of his bottom part.)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger

  • Murienn

    Thanks for the links – I’m headed to Diego Garcia for 3 months, and try to research the culture before I go somewhere. I didn’t realise there was an indiginous culture.

  • puneet

    although no body should feel sorry just for visiting some place,whatever be the history of that place.but @gijoe you are justifying invasion and war from our past and future.

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