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Children of Shame (Video)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:22
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Children of Shame

Tuam is a quiet town in the west of Ireland. 

Tuam is also a name that traumatized the whole of Ireland in the spring of 2014, when an unimaginable story was revealed. A hidden mass grave containing the remains of some 800 children was discovered on the former grounds of a home for single mothers, a hell on earth where children died from ill treatment, and were shamefully buried in secret, all to be forgotten. 

Up until the 1990s, dozens of these detention centers were run by religious orders, but the country is still reluctant to confront the ghosts of its past.

This film traces the journey of unmarried mothers and the missing children. We meet John Rogers, one of the tens of thousands of ill-fated children born in ultra-catholic twentieth century Ireland, a child of shame, only guilty of having being born to a mother outside the bonds of sacred matrimony. His mother, like many other young women who went to one of these detention centers, has spent her life paying the price for giving birth to an illegitimate child she was not allowed to keep.

This documentary is an attempt to give the ’children of shame’ a voice.

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