“Stealing a Nation” tells the story of the British government unlawfully stripping out the original citizens from their homeland of Chagos Islands, in the 1960s. It was a paradise-like land with “a sense of well-being…could eat and drink whatever they liked…” (Pilger, 21) secretly given to the Americans to constitute their military base. By 1973, all of citizens were swept out in such a deceiving manner that it was not even suspected what was to happen with their land. Some were travelling abroad for medical purposes and once they were done with their business, they were told that Diego Garcia had been sold. When the Americans began to setup their base, they burned dogs alive with their owners helplessly watching and hearing everything. Many people died of sadness, due to the fact that their homeland had been “sold”, poverty, suicide, and poor health. The government eventually claimed to have compensated the Chagossians; many of the illiterate, Indigenous people of Diego Garcia placed in Mauritius were tricked into signing documents that said that the gov...
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