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This is my article, or rather my understanding about an issue that I just learned in watching a documentary. This happened in Ireland, and is being talked throughout the years. This is a very sensitive issue to the people of Ireland, and to their government because it questions morality of the people and the state. It has a Youtube title “Children of Shame (Crime Documentary)”. I provided the link just in case you want to watch it yourself. Now, let me start telling my understanding about it.
Ireland has been following the laws and sayings of the church, wherein they depended on it. They symbolized purity as the Catholic church said, and their women are the symbol of it, their purity and virginity. They were seen as the people that should be protected and that marriage is sacred. They should get married before bearing a child or getting birth to a child.
But, there are women that seem to do things against the law of the church. And in solution to this, they built a home for them, also known as “Mother and Baby Homes”, where unmarried pregnant women are brought into. They will give birth to their children in that home with the guidance of the church, and most of the people in charge of guiding them are nuns.
These nuns are the people guiding them, and the children. But, are they really taking care of these people under their hands? Are they doing their best they can to protect these innocent children? Are they capable of taking care of them? Or are they the reason of these people’s insidious and fear? This was answered on the documentary itself.
There, a mass grave of 800 children were discovered and still being investigated. They knew that something was off on this home. Something not right is happening. It started with the interview to a man who is an illegitimate son. He experienced the cruelty in his own state where he heard a lot of harsh words. He experienced being bullied because they think he is from a sin.
There were investigations for this inhumane action of the church and the state, but they remained silent. They didn’t say a thing. They explained nothing. The identity of the children in the mass grave were being investigated too. They are trying their best to find the families of these children.
These children and named to be the children of shame because they are illegitimate children. They are the children of the unmarried women and so they are children of sin. Another information is that, the church is selling the children to foster families without the consent of their mother. They sell these children without asking the permission of the woman who gave birth to them. And, as the children are born, they are being taken away from their mother’s hands. And being taken care of the nuns. The children suffered from malnutrition because they cannot have the nutrients from their mother’s breast milk which they should be getting since they are born.
This controversial and sensitive social issue in Ireland is being talked and investigated by some groups and organizations that promote people’s rights, and protecting children. They are doing their best to get answers from this insidious past from their state. Even now, they are working so hard to gather more evidences and information about the said history. They are still working on gathering more witnesses and people who have some bomb they are keeping to protect the church and the people behind them. We should pray that these people and children who are the victims of the past could get the justice and be heard by the state. They deserve to have justice. They deserve to be heard. And they deserve to rest in peace, so people might as well pray for their souls too, specially for their justice.