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Published on Nov 20, 2007
April 2007 Three decades ago the Chagos islanders were forced from their homes by an American military installation. We hear of the islander's hopes ahead of the landmark court case that will rule their eviction illegal.
The Chagossians have a song, "We have no identity. We have no nationality. We are an uprooted people living in abject poverty." Their identity and nationality was stolen by international necessity: the Americans needed their islands in order to control military operations in the Middle East. Now, their cause has been taken up by the liberal lobby in the UK, and their wish, "for a wonderful life, in our native land" may be granted.
Produced by SBS/Dateline Distributed by Journeyman Pictures