- Tapa blanda: 384 páginas
- Editor: Corgi; Edición: New edition (1 de febrero de 1996)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 055214164X
- ISBN-13: 978-0552141642
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Empty Cradles (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 feb 1996
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'The secrets of the lost children of Britain may never have been revealed if it had not been for [the actions of] Margaret Humphreys.', Sunday Times .'It is a story that defies belief.', Independent .'A truly astonishing, haunting, real-life detective story.', She .'Brought tears to my eyes. It is impossible to read Empty Cradles without thinking "These could be my parents. These could be my children."...Despite the sadness and anger at its centre, hope remains the principal message of this remarkable book.', Terry Waite, The Times .'A modern Florence Nightingale.', Sydney Morning Herald
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EMPTY CRADLES is a powerful testament to an ordinary woman's astonishing dedication, compassion and stubborn courage.
In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker and mother of two, investigated the case of a woman who claimed that, at the age of four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret Humphreys soon discovered that this woman's story was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. As many as an estimated 150,000 children had in fact been deported from children's homes in Britian and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire - the last as recently as 1967.
Many of the children were told that their parents were dead. Their parents, too, were often deceived; many believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. The reality was very different: for numerous children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse in institutions in Western Australia and elsewhere.
Margaret Humphreys reveals how she gradually unravelled this shocking secret; how she became drawn into the lives of some of these innocent and unwilling exiles, how it became her mission to reunite them with their families in Britain, and how her lonely crusade led to the founding of the Child Migrants Trust.
EMPTY CRADLES is a strong indictment of government, as well as charitable and religious organisations. It is a sad, harrowing story that will move the reader to anger and tears. Yet it offers a message of hope to all the victims of a shameful scandal that has been ignored for too long.Ver Descripción del producto
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The British Government sent poor children and some orphans out to their commonwealth nations. They said it was to populate the newer countries, and that the children didn't have families in England. Some of these children grew up in appalling conditions having to do backbreaking work just to earn their keep (some endured physical abuse of all natures) in the orphanages in some of the countries, Australia being only one. The orphanages were mostly charity based and many of these very young children were taken away from mothers who were having a difficult time, too poor, had to work, had other children... but wanted them back!
Margaret Humphreys worked for British Social Services. After some of the orphans found out what had happened to them, she worked tirelessly to help them find a living parent, sibling or their grave. She worked hard though she was being verbally abused and others trying to physically hurt her. Making herself ill in the process, she had to be away from her own children and husband in order to help these children who are now adults find a little peace. This happened in modern times, not only 100 years ago.
She helped a lot of them find some peace if not a parent or sibling. Not all stories have a happy ending, but to me, the work she did is the happy ending. Well Worth the price. I own this in Kindle form.