The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

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The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

Post by Irn Bru on Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:20 am

For several decades, the UK sent children across the world to new lives in institutions where many were abused and used as forced labour. It's a scandal that is still having repercussions now.

Imagine the 1950s, in the years before air travel became commonplace or the internet dominated our lives. Imagine being a child of those times, barely aware of life even in the next town. An orphan perhaps, living in a British children's home.

Now imagine being told that shortly you would board a ship for somewhere called Australia, to begin a new life in a sunlit wonderland. For good. No choice.

It happened to thousands of British children in the decades immediately following World War Two, and they had little understanding of how it would shape their lives.

The astonishing scandal of the British child migrants will be the first subject for which the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold full public hearings. It's first because the migrants are now nearing the end of their lives.

Clifford Walsh stands in the port of Fremantle near Perth in Western Australia.

He is now 72. Fremantle is where, in 1954, aged nine, he stepped off the ship from London, looking for the sheep he'd been told outnumbered people in Australia 100 to one
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More in link...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39078652

Shameful and disgusting that these childen were sent away to a life of hell. Some practically ripped out of the hands of their mothers.

Past governments who were in power whilst this was going on should hang their heads in shame because I doubt they did not know this was happening.

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