An investigation in Ireland found that up to 9,000 children died in single-mother homes run for years by women’s Catholic orders or the state between 1922 and 1998, which is 15 percent of children born in this way. That’s according to an official report published in Dublin on Tuesday.
Ireland Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes (CIMBH) she found out
The “worrying” infant mortality rate in these institutions, which existed in Ireland, a historically Catholic state, until 1998.
“It’s hard to imagine the extent of the tragedy and grief behind this 9,000 children and infants,” said Irish Child Affairs Minister Roderic O’Gorman.
According to O’Gorman, the report showed that for decades, “the ubiquitous stigmatization of unmarried mothers and their children deprived these individuals of the opportunity to decide for themselves and sometimes their future.”
The Irish government said in response to the report that the investigation had revealed that the country had a “difficult, repressive and cruelly misogenous culture”.
According to the BBC news portal, Irish Prime Minister Michal Martin said the report described “a very dark and complex chapter in Irish history”. He emphasized that “as a nation, we must face the full truth of our past.” Martin called it the “hard truth” that society was the accomplice to the scandal.
She treated women and children extremely badly. “We had a completely crooked attitude towards sexuality and intimacy, and young mothers and their sons and daughters were forced to pay a terrible price for this dysfunction.” absence of ordinary kindness ”towards these women and children.
The prime minister is expected to apologize to the victims of the practice later this week on behalf of the Irish state. According to the BBC, this will happen on Wednesday. In addition, CIMBH issued 53 recommendations in its report, including compensation for victims and the commemoration of their memory.
Women and girls who became pregnant outside of marriage lived in homes for single mothers founded in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 76 years, 56,000 unmarried mothers and 57,000 children passed through the eighteen homes investigated by CIMBH. The largest number was accepted in the 60s and early 70s.
9,000 children died in the given homes during the observed period. Many of them were buried in mass or unmarked graves. The report of the commission of inquiry states that the very high mortality rate in these homes was known to local and national authorities at that time and was recorded in official documents.
The children, who were routinely taken from their mothers after childbirth, were either adopted or transported to children’s homes run by churches, Catholics and Protestants. The CIMBH report states that these women and children should not be in institutions. Many women have been exposed to emotional abuse. According to investigators, all indications are that mothers showed “little kindness”, especially in the case of childbirth, which was traumatizing for many women.
In its report, CIMBH states that although mothers’ and children’s homes also existed in other countries, the proportion of unmarried mothers who were in institutions in Ireland was probably the highest in the world.
Homes for “fallen” women and girls in Ireland became a major media topic in 2014, when human remains were found on the site of a former shelter in Tuam, County Galway. Local historian Catherine Corless found that 796 young children were buried there. The Irish government subsequently set up an independent commission of inquiry into mothers’ and children’s homes.
Controversial homes were also the subject of many works, such as the film Philomen, starring Judi Dench. It is the story of a woman who tries to find her son adopted by American husbands.
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