Indian Ocean

A Tiny Archipelago in the Indian Ocean Is at the Heart of a Major Political Struggle

‘They Took Our Place on Earth’

The handoff of the Chagos Islands from the U.K. to Mauritius comes at a moment of Chinese expansionism in the Indo-Pacific, which has made the transfer a matter of geopolitical significance on five continents. But what of the islands’ former inhabitants, exiled to make way for a U.S. Navy base?