Unbelievably sad story from Australia about 7,000 British, Irish and Maltese children shipped to Australia decades ago — for good. More details, from BBC, here. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially apologized to them yesterday, but it’s not going to heal the wounds.
It’s almost unimaginable, shipping young kids halfway around the world, never to see their families again. Some thought they were going off on a holiday. The children were abused, neglected, orphaned or in foster care, with a great new life promised them, the reason their deportation was justified at the time. But many found their new homes every bit as miserable and spent their lives wondering why they had been abandoned.