Photos

The islands

Erneste Clement's tombstone, Boddam Island, Salomon. There are many more graves on the island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Erneste Clement's tombstone, Boddam Island, Salomon (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Lagoon, Egmont Island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Lagoon, Egmont Island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Manager's house, Ile du Coin, Peros Banhos Atoll (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Manager's house, Ile du Coin, Peros Banhos Atoll (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Gliding Turtle, North Brother Island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Gliding Turtle, North Brother Island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Nesting Blue Footed Booby Chick, Middle Brother Island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Nesting Blue Footed Booby Chick, Middle Brother Island (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

An aerial view of Diego Garcia (copyright holder unknown)

An aerial view of Diego Garcia (copyright holder unknown)

A notice posted on one of the Chagos islands by the BIOT authorities (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

A notice posted on one of the Chagos islands by the BIOT authorities (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Graffiti left by yachties in a ruined building, now the "Yacht Club" (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

Graffiti left by yachties in a ruined building, now the "Yacht Club" (Photo: Karin Sinniger)

The US air base that now occupies Diego Garcia (copyright holder unknown)

The US air base that now occupies Diego Garcia (copyright holder unknown)

The exiled people

Marie-Veronique Elfrasier, 89, from Diego Garcia, at a day centre for the elderly in Pointe Aux Sables, a suburb of Port Louis, Mauritius, Nov 2005 (Photo: Phuc Quach)

Marie-Veronique Elfrasier, 89, from Diego Garcia, at a day centre for the elderly in Pointe Aux Sables, a suburb of Port Louis, Mauritius, Nov 2005 (Photo: Phuc Quach)

Patrick Onezine, 44, a manual labourer from the Salomon Islands, with his daughter in Roiche Bois, a suburb of Port Louis, Mauritius, Nov 2005 (Photo: Phuc Quach)

Patrick Onezine, 44, a manual labourer from the Salomon Islands, with his daughter in Roiche Bois, a suburb of Port Louis, Mauritius, Nov 2005 (Photo: Phuc Quach)

Robert Lemaitre, 82, a retired docker and fisherman from the Salomon Islands, with his grandson in Roiche Bois, suburb of Port Louis, Mauritius, Nov 2005 (Photo: Phuc Quach)

Robert Lemaitre, 82, a retired docker and fisherman from the Salomon Islands, with his grandson in Roiche Bois, suburb of Port Louis, Mauritius, Nov 2005 (Photo: Phuc Quach)

Living conditions in Port Louis

In a yard outside a Chagossian home, a little girl plays among rubbish and open drains. There is nowhere else to play (Photo: Kate Walters)

In a yard outside a Chagossian home, a little girl plays among rubbish and open drains. There is nowhere else to play (Photo: Kate Walters)

These leaves are all that Jenny was able to gather for dinner (Photo: Kate Walters)

These leaves are all that Jenny was able to gather for dinner (Photo: Kate Walters)

About ten people sleep in this one room, under a leaky roof (Photo: Kate Walters)

About ten people sleep in this one room, under a leaky roof (Photo: Kate Walters)

In this yard, building materials are mixed up with the rubbish, because there is no money left to finish building (Photo: Kate Walters)

In this yard, building materials are mixed up with the rubbish, because there is no money left to finish building (Photo: Kate Walters)

Cassis is built at the foot of Signal Mount (Photo: Kate Walters)

Cassis is built at the foot of Signal Mount (Photo: Kate Walters)

Living conditions in Cassis (Photo: Paul Heaton)

Living conditions in Cassis (Photo: Paul Heaton)

Living conditions in Cassis (Photo: Paul Heaton)

Living conditions in Cassis (Photo: Paul Heaton)

Chagossian housing in Cassis. Most of the homes are built of corrugated iron, which rusts in the wet (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

Chagossian housing in Cassis. Most of the homes are built of corrugated iron, which rusts in the wet (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

Culture and politics

Chagossian dance group Tambour Chagos perform at an anti-poverty conference in Mauritius, May 2004 (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

Chagossian dance group Tambour Chagos perform at an anti-poverty conference in Mauritius, May 2004 (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

The Chagossian Memorial, erected in 2003. "In testimony to the uprooting and exile of the Chagossians who arrived at this quay between 1965 and 1973. God carried us as far as our arrival here, He will fight for us." Chagossian artist Clement Siatous did the paintings on either side of the memorial (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

The Chagossian Memorial, erected in 2003. "In testimony to the uprooting and exile of the Chagossians who arrived at this quay between 1965 and 1973. God carried us as far as our arrival here, He will fight for us." Chagossian artist Clement Siatous did the paintings on either side of the memorial (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

Charlézia Alexis, a Chagossian singer (Photo: L'Express)

Charlézia Alexis, a Chagossian singer (Photo: L'Express)

Posters on the streets of Cassis, Port Louis: "Reunify the Chagos archipelago and all the other islands with the Mauritian Republic", "Bush and Blair are using our land to kill Iraqi children", "Stop using Diego Garcia for torture and imprisonment" (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

Posters on the streets of Cassis, Port Louis: "Reunify the Chagos archipelago and all the other islands with the Mauritian Republic", "Bush and Blair are using our land to kill Iraqi children", "Stop using Diego Garcia for torture and imprisonment" (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

A protest by campaign group Lalit outside the US Embassy in Port Louis, March 2004 (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

A protest by campaign group Lalit outside the US Embassy in Port Louis, March 2004 (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

A Chagossian woman watches young Chagossian musicians at the Chagossian Cultural Festival (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)

A Chagossian woman watches young Chagossian musicians at the Chagossian Cultural Festival (Photo: Steffen Johannessen)