INVESTIGATION INTO THOUSANDS OF CHILD DEATHS IN CHURCH-BOUND MOTHER AND BABY HOMES IN IRELAND CONCLUDED


13/01/2021




Selin ATAY-TDO- In Ireland, an investigation into the deaths of children in women's shelters linked to the Catholic Church has concluded. Thousands of children have died in at least 18 shelters over 70 years, the report said.

In 2012, historian Catherine Corless penned an article about the death of a large number of babies in a church-bound so called Mother and Baby Homes. In the article, Corless questioned why the whereabouts of the babies ' graves were unknown. As a result of Corless ' research, only 2 of the 798 children who died in the town of Tuam had reached the death record.

A special commission was created in 2015 after allegations that babies were buried in mass graves were raised. In 2017, bodies were found during an excavation under the building belonging to the institution, which operated in the town between 1925 and 1961 and housed women who had children out of wedlock. After the report prepared by the commission, which has been conducting an investigation into Mother and Baby Homes for almost 5 years, the Irish government's apology is preliminary.

The 3-thousand-page report of the public inquiry launched after the mass grave was found said that unusual infant deaths in the shelter date from the 1920s to the 1990s. In addition, 9 thousand children died in 18 houses within the church, but their records were not kept.

In these houses, which operated with state support throughout the 20th century, it is known that extramarital children born were forcibly taken from their mothers and given to adopted or orphanages. The report found that it was wrong from the start for women to seek refuge in these homes, and highlighted that the experiences of women subjected to abuse were particularly "traumatic."


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