People from Agalega, two outer islands of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean, with a population of 300 inhabitants want their voices to be heard.
The association Friends of Agalega (AMA) held a press conference, on Monday 28th October, to express their interest to be part of the upcoming elections as a member of the Republic of Mauritius, as relates the L’Express news.
The association proposed to the leaders of the different political parties the following recommendations alluded to their situation of abandonment and inattention:
1. The right of natives to have their own land on the island of Agalega.
2. The right to give birth on their own island.
3. An education system that allows children of Agalega to get an education as Mauritian children.
4. Improve the island’s health system to prevent natives from coming to Mauritius, which causes inconvenience to many abandoned families.
5. Redefine the role of the Outer Islands Development Corporation for the employment, administration and production of coconut.
6. The creation of an “Agalega Welfare Fund Board with executive powers and budget to empower the community for future development on the island.”
The president of the association, Laval Soopramanien, expressed that people of Agalela are still considered slaves. “Our fight has been going on for 15 years now, we need our own welfare board. It’s not normal that our culture and our way of life are flouted “.
For his part the spokesman, Alain Langlois says that the nationality of the natives of Agalega is set aside. “Mothers are forced to come to Mauritius before giving birth. We need our membership and our right as citizens of Agalega. “