oranges and sunshine

Last night I cried buckets for the 130,000 children deported from ‘poor’ uk families, mainly to Australia but also to Canada, NZ and South Africa.  They were literally “stolen” from their parents who were told they’d been adopted into a ‘good’ family.  The children were told their parents were dead and they could go abroad to where the sun shone every day, they could ride a horse to school and pick oranges along the way … all lies.

There were put into slavery and often sexually abused. The British Social Worker who uncovered it was abused and harassed for her efforts. Yet the perpetrators, like all perps denied any wrongdoing.  That they only did what was best for the children and it would cause no harm!

“they” were the british government and churches …. the average age was 8 years old.

This video is free from SBS on demand for Australians, not sure overseas can access it.  It’s under “movies”, under “drama” …

It revealed the ongoing Christian Brothers sexual abuse of many young boys .. now proven as those not deceased are still serving long goal sentences.

The bulk of these deportations were in the 1950-60′ and some thirty years later those ‘children’ found their families still alive and left wondering about them.

Warning unless you have a heart of stone then you will need a very big box of tissues handy, because the impact of child abuse is devastating on the victims … I should know, I worked with it!

if you need some light relief afterwards I highly recommend “Unusual Animal Friends”, it will melt your heart!

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  1. Oh Kate… even with the trailer, I’ve run out tissues and flooded my keyboard…. It looks like a very dramatic and powerful film…… I shall force myself to watch it…… because I need to know !!
    Thank you for sharing…….xx

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    • then please don’t watch it Gina … Ivor is going to …

      I only met a few of these people so knew of the story and it’s taken me many years to track down this movie. Made in oz with mostly well known oz actors. It’s memorable but very traumatic coz it’s true!

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        • Child trafficking is still rampant in Asia. We have a saying here, “the fence that was to protect the field ate the rice.” I close my eyes and hear the cries and see the tears of those children, there are many more stories like this across cultures and generations, too many to mention, the atrocities to innocent ones. Oh Kate I wish I could just gather them close to me.

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          • what a big heart and a big family you would have Gina … admittedly the authorities had no idea they would be servants and sexually assaulted, siblings were separated and they went to very isolated areas even by our standards!

            Even as adults they need embracing Gina, they grow up with a lot of deep damage ….

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          • I agree with Gina kate. It is still rampant in Asia and even in my own homecountry ..children born to a poor family are promised of a good but its actually the opposite. There is a particular season of the year when child trafficking and kidnapping is rampant
            .i can still recall a very fresh incident last year an American woman was caught in the airport smuggling an old month baby. The baby was placed inside her oversized hoody.

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            • oh the stories just break my heart! thank you for adding to the conversation Mich – Kate brought up something so important – we cannot forget these poor souls – they are fractured for life

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  2. Heart breaking. Stephen and I have been involved for many, many years, in a couple of organizations who are helping rescue and restore those who are trafficked. It’s a HUGE business in all countries and now they are getting younger and younger children to sex traffic. and older people as domestic and labor slaves.

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    • I met a very dear American friend who spent eleven years in Asia hunting down and buying back trafficked kids … but their families couldn’t cope with having them back so then she had to fundraise to build hostels where they could be safe and educated … so I thank you for you tireless work Elizabeth, it’s a huge and traumatic job!

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      • It is..there are several places near here (one a farm) where rescued sex trafficked can go and hopefully find restoration. It’s a wonderful job they do. Once we can do it again, we will begin sending money to one of my fav. organizations that rescues and restores (shared hope international). It’s a reason to always keep a sharp eye on your children/teens/etc.

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  3. Oh Kate! The horrors of humanity (if these traffickers can even be called human). My heart could not handle watching it with everything else going on. I am glad you are making this known – so many things continue because people are silent.

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  4. The second video is gorgeous. Reminds me of the video I saw recently of this elephant and dog. The dog needed the vet and the elephant stayed outside every day all day until the dog was okay to walk again…

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  5. This film trailer was wrenching. I’m so glad you had the soft’fuzzt video too. My soul is currently too wounded by all the other things happening here that I’m going to delay viewing for a bit. Humans are so unbearably cruel to their own… I often ask when we will change and the answer does not come!

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  6. My heart went out to those innocent kids who were not knowing where they were going and what atrocities so bad. The video was very touching. I loved the second video, Kate it was so much fun to see the animals in harmony with each other. Even we are human beings are animals but we are not learning how to stay together because of our selfishness and religious notions that says that our religion is greater than yours and when God is One yet we have not learnt anything.

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  7. I am sure it must be heart breaking and I am sorry to say I do not have strength to watch such movie. I shall be traumatized for couple of days with severe headaches and bad nights. This has happened in past.
    I feel sorry for poor souls and pray for them.

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  8. I think I’ve heard about this, kids basically shipped off to families all over the world. If defies belief for me that so short a time after doing away with the oppression of Hitler they oppressed these kids.
    I have no words…. What a world.

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      • Theta what gets me about this. It’s the ones that should have been trustworthy were the most abusive… That’s why I typically don’t like major organised religions. That and other reasons…

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  9. So much tragedy ~ That any were still able to find their own families .
    Yes it did remind me of WWII and also of the so called “Indian Schools” where children were taken from their home denied their family, culture and heritage.

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      • I can’t imagine how that can still be going on. But then there are still so many negative things in the news – and I’m sure stuff that isn’t yet known.

        I like reading stories of the Native Americans that have been ‘educated’ English (for lack of a better word) and go into a profession to help their peoples.

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        • yes they are the more comfortable scenarios coz they ‘fit’ our ‘norm’.

          We had a recent film here about a ten yo who speaks three languages and is considered a healer amongst his people. But he doesn’t fit into our white education system comfortably so the authorities are considering locking him in juvenile detention so he has to attend school …

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          • There should be someone who could be able to ‘home-school’ that child. That is nuts to remove that child. The Amish here aren’t forced to send their children to school beyond a certain grade. And The Amish never have homework either because they work on their family farms.

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  10. Powerful and important! And oh so very sad. 😦
    I want to watch it…not sure if I’ll get through it though. 😦
    Hits too close to home. 😦
    Plus, I spent years working with abused, abandoned, and neglected children. 😦
    If only Human-beans would learn from nature and treat each other as well as the animals in the last video treat each other.
    (((HUGS))) ❤

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    • yes I also worked in that field and in post-adoption when we first began to trace, I set up the first agency in my state at that time … so it really hit hard for me! Some of these folk asked for support but I was already totally overwhelmed … about a year after I handed it back to the clients they had five professional staff working and still couldn’t keep up. Plus I used to help out with the First Nation stolen generation .. some needed a white worker to offload on …

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  11. It’s so sad when this happens, especially among religious people and locations. I had recently watched the documentary about nuns who were raped by Catholic priests.

    Praise God that He is all knowing and just! Amen.

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