Exhibitions in Seychelles & Mauritius celebrate Chagossian culture and struggle
Two new exhibitions in Mauritius and Seychelles, the two nations to which Chagossians' were initially exiled in the 1960s and 1970s, have recently marked the years of Chagossian struggle and the community's unique culture.
Saradha Soobrayen, a poet who has been working on a poetic inquiry into the Chagos Islands and their people over recent years, told ION News about her latest work, 'Chagos and Guernica, same fight.' Ms Soobrayen has also been involved in the CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across the Generations project, working directly with the Chagossian community in Mauritius and the UK. A full interview with Ms Soobrayen about her recent work can be viewed above or here on Youtube.
Meanwhile in Seychelles, the MODESTI group have put on an exhibition of Chagossian culture, including artefacts and everyday objects from the time when the islands were populated. Speaking to Seychelles News Agency, MODESTI Chairperson Angelin Marie stated that “We wanted to give support and value to the Chagossians in their struggles to reclaim their islands.”