Saturday, 5 July 2014
It is time there is a National Monument for the exile/refugee - their very rich History and contribution to the Seychelles Nation
This particularly Memorial to the victims of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane is an eventual working base - It has four sides and each side of the monument can be used to depict an aspect of their history, the French, the British prominent Colonial exile, the Chinese exile after the great revolution and our modern day exile/refugees - we can request and apply for it to be protected under UNESCO historic and world Heritage.
The Huguenots (// or //; French: [yɡno], [yɡəno]) were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France
This is very interesting This one, called "The Immigrants," pays tribute to the slaves, refugees, and other immigrants who came to America.
In the SPUP/SPPF/PL decision to have their own Liberation Monument - Zomm Libre within the garden of the Maison du Peuple. It is time there is a Monument for the exile/refugee.
Our ancestors were exile from France Prisoners, deported beside political and religious reasons, they build that Sechelles Seychelles among them the eventual King of France.
The Seychelles over its 200 years history have seen many leading exile in Colonial Britain confined there, from Egypt, Palestine, Uganda, Ghana, Cyprus, Malaysia, Zanzibar, Germany, former East Europe, Russia past and present, South Africa and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe those that we know of and their prominancy/importance. Recently from Tunisia, others we many not know of and aware.
Very important all those with Chinese Ancestor, including ours, who fled their country/China in the Great revolution and landed in Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles - their children today, among them the First President J R Mancham, Chief Justice Souyave, Anglican Archbishop French Chang-Him (Wikipedia need editing)
Prior to our Independence and since all those who choose, forced and compelled to take/go /make exile life their future. Today there are some 21,000 - 25,000 of then and those 300 individuals who did/have returned since 1991.
For Tourist attraction - for our children education, It would be proper and appropriate that a Monument be set up. It does not have to be on Public land - That SIROP program which was put together by the Sechelles Seychelles exile/refugees helped/become importantly involved in most of the modern Reclamation Project of Seychelles - surely even if they will not give us anything after they have stolen and confiscated everything, even the land reclaim for the sea they have stolen, confiscated and grab - we ought to be able to buy a small plot 20X20 and on it erect a National Monument to the exile/refugees - including those mentioned above. We can also have a special Day to mark it - it does not have to be a public Holiday.
This said the Catholic church have with in their compound/premises many monuments, to a particular Saint or for that matter a Cross.
We the exile/refugee do not have a JJ Spirit Building or the many youth centers build and taken over by the SPPF/PL where we could have our own garden and grounds. The Russians, the Arabs, they are buying vast acreage of land, formerly belonging to the exile/refugee families, what they are building on them.
Across the world there are many many many unique monument depicting their exile/refugee history and experience - We have come across this modern version in Britain of those children sent here during the war.