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“In the past, we never had to leave the island, even when we got sick. We would use our natural medicine. We used to grow everything here – ayurvedic medicine, fruits and vegetables. Some of the houses built here date back to colonial times. This has been our land for generations. We even built a church and a school. Yet, now everything has been destroyed.”

Editor’s Note: Our sister site Vikalpa recently visited Iranaitheevu along with former residents who were displaced by the Navy. The immersive story below is a translation of Vikalpa’s coverage.

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Challenging Occupation