The Little Ones Have Been Found


Not all barbarism is committed by obvious barbarians:

The Washington Post, on a mass grave discovered in Ireland:

But after painstaking research, a local historian named Catherine Corless became convinced in 2014 that the infants and small children — perhaps 700 to 800 of them — died in the home and were buried without markers in mass graves beneath the property, perhaps in an underground structure such as a septic tank.

The numbers might be in question, but the horror is not. Women and girls went to this home to give birth in secret. They left their children, but many children died. The article suggests high infant mortality, which suggests neglect or disease. The obvious other theories are more hideous. 

Between 1925 and the 1960s, in a tiny town called Tuam in western Ireland’s County Galway, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Mother and Baby Home operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours. After a period of involuntary service and penance, many of the women who came to the home left to resume their lives, as The Post’s Terrence McCoy reported in 2014.

Nobody cared about these girls and their children. 

Those children are in the arms of God. The sisters of Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, who were charged with taking care of the babies…

I’m not allowed to finish that sentence.

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