Here's the latest in the Deep Green column from Rex Weyler -author, journalist, ecologist and long-time Greenpeace trouble-maker. The opinions here are his own, and you can sign up to get the column by email every month.
In 1969, Marie Aimee took her two children for medical treatment, a
six-day voyage across the Indian Ocean from their home on Diego Garcia
island to Port Louis, Mauritius. Her husband, Dervillie Permal, stayed
behind to work at a coconut oil factory and tend the family garden and
After visiting the doctor and picking up supplies in Port Louis, Marie
and her children arrived at the quay for the trip home. However, a
British Government agent refused to allow them onto the boat, stranding
Marie and her children in Mauritius. Throughout the following weeks,
other marooned islanders appeared, congregating in a local slum, living
in boxes or tin shacks. Two years later, Marie's husband arrived in
Port Louis with one small bag and a chilling story.