Sunday 15 November 2009
Time For The Church To Apologise
Image - Child migrants: Ten-year-old twins Brian Thomas Sullivan (left) and Kevin James Sullivan from Islington, London carry their luggage to the boat train "Rangitoto" as they left Liverpool Street station in London in 1950
When are the Churches going to apologise for shipping young white children from the UK into Australia and then leaving them at the mercy of paedophiles priests in the Church and church run orphanages.
Instead of apologising for the slave trade that happened hundreds of years ago - they should be apologising for the abuse the perverts in their frocks dished out to these children.
'Time is right' to apologise for Child Migrants Programme, says Gordon Brown
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:24 PM on 15th November 2009
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Gordon Brown will apologise for the UK's role in sending thousands of its children to former colonies in the 20th century.
The Child Migrants Programme - which ended 40 years ago - sent poor children to a 'better life' in Australia and elsewhere, but many were abused and ended up in institutions or as labourers on farms.
The chairman of the health select committee which looked into what happened said the Prime Minister wrote to him this weekend to confirm he would issue an apology in the new year.
Kevin Barron said he was 'very pleased' to have received the written commitment from Mr Brown.
'After consultation with organisations directly involved with child migrants we are going to make an apology early in the new year,' he said.
The Prime Minister told him 'the time is now right' for the UK government to apologise for the actions of previous governments.
'It is important that we take the time to listen to the voices of the survivors and victims of these misguided policies,' Mr Brown wrote.
Sandra Anker, who was sent out to Australia from Britain when she was six, described what happened as 'one of the crimes of the century'.
She told the BBC: 'Why I was sent out is beyond me. I don't understand it. I was deprived of my rights as a British citizen and I feel the British government have a lot to answer for.
'I feel really angry about it and feel the British government should compensate us so that we can get back to England and get to be with our families.
'We've suffered all our lives. For the government of England to say sorry to us, it makes it right - even if it's late, it's better than not at all.'
A Government spokeswoman said: 'We have been in discussions with the Australian government and are working closely with the Child Migrants Trust and the International Association of Former Child Migrants and their families.
'We will undertake a period of dialogue with those affected, prior to a formal apology. We plan to make a more detailed announcement early in the new year.'
Kevin Rudd will formally apologise to the 7,000 child migrants from Britain who live still in Australia tomorrow
The development comes as Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd prepares to deliver a national apology to the 'Forgotten Australians' tomorrow.
Mr Rudd will recognise the mistreatment and continued suffering of some 500,000 people held in orphanages or children's homes between 1930 and 1970.
He will combine it with an apology to the 7,000 child migrants from Britain who live still in Australia.
As they were shipped out of Britain, the children were separated from their families and many were told - wrongly - they were orphans, while the parents were told that they had gone to a better life.
But most were brought up in institutions, or by farmers, and many were treated as child slave labour.
The Australian government will formally apologise at a special remembrance event in Canberra, where Mr Rudd will say sorry on behalf of the nation to those who suffered cruelty and hardship including physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
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