Architect and Royal College of Art post-graduate student Rosa Rogina will this Friday unveil an exciting project supporting the campaign for
Chagossian return to their homeland. As part of an “Architecture and Activism” project, Ms Rogina will investigate how Chagossians relate to their homeland whilst living in exile, and the ongoing campaign to return home. Representatives from the Chagossian community will be attendance and all are welcome to speak generally about their experiences.
The project arrives at a highly relevant time, with Chagossian right to abode potentially being restored in the near future.
Describing her work, Rosa states she wishes to engage in a discussion on “how can return be achieved and what are the implications.” She notes that Diego Garcia now exists as an international “anomaly,” the creation of which stripped Chagossians of the “fundamental human right of abode.”
In order to get a sense what right to return means to Chagosians, Ms Rogina is consulting with the Chagossian community. Just this week she met Roch Evenor, a native-born Chagossian and former UK Chagos Support Chair, who has spent many years fighting for justice. Praising the value of this meeting, she stated that;
“Meeting Mr. Evenor helped me to more closely understand Chagossian culture and Chagossians’ relation with the terms ‘house’ and ‘home’. Although it was just one opinion, it was a great opportunity to start the conversation with the community involved.”
Asked for her professional opinion as an architect, Ms Rogina was unequivocal; “sustainable resettlement, both economically and environmentally, is absolutely feasible.” The only question, she added, was whether those in power would have the will to “make it happen.”
The project will be completed in the summer. Speaking on the impact she hoped it could have now, Rosa commented that “I hope my work will raise awareness and help the Chagossian community in their struggle to return home.”
In a one hour session, Rosa and her colleagues will discuss their work, whilst Chagossians representatives have also been invited to attend, speak and engage in a panel discussion.
- Where: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2EU (near Albert Hall)
- When: Friday 13th February. Chagos Event 7:30PM-8:30PM; full programme begins 6:30PM, ends 10PM.
All are welcome and if you are interested in attending please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or via social media.