The government's shameful decision to oppose Chagossian return to their homeland last November came with an unexpected caveat. An offer of £40m for Chagossian community projects over 10 years, in the UK, Mauritius, Seychelles and elsewhere.
This was not, as was widely reported, an offer of compensation. Rather it was money committed to the still somewhat vague aims of improving Chagossian access health care services, employment and social services.
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Delayed Gratification writer and freelance journalist Matthew Lee recently published a fantastically comprehensive article on the history of the Chagos Islands and current campaign for justice. During the project the writer spoke with a range of Chagossians living with London and Crawley, even taking in a few Chagos Islands football team games. We have put together a detailed summary of the article below, but you can find Lee's piece in a recent Delayed Gratification edition.