Aussies 'Sorry' for Abused Children
Children forced to migrate to Australia neglected, beaten
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2009 4:20 AM CST
Two women comfort each other as they attend a ceremony in Canberra, where Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued an apology to thousands of impoverished British children shipped to Australia.   (AP Photo/Mark Graham)

(Newser) – The Australian government has apologized—again—this time for abusing thousands of children forced to migrate to the nation. Some 500,000 "forgotten Australians" were abused or neglected in orphanages and children's work homes from 1930 to 1970. "We are sorry," Australian Prime Minister Devin Rudd told some 1,000 of the victims, now adults, in Canberra. "Sorry for the tragedy—the absolute tragedy—of childhoods lost."

The children, mostly poor, were shipped out of Britain to a "better life" to help build Australia, Canada and other nations as part of the Child Migrants Program. Officials lied to many of the children that their parents had died, reports the BBC. But once in Australia, many were exploited as farm workers or languished in institutions where they were neglected, beaten and sexually abused. The Australian government apologized last year to Aborigine children taken from their families.

View 2 more images
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 6 comments
Blackbird
Nov 16, 2009 12:45 PM CST
It is always a wonder how humans can be so inhumane?
Riffran
Nov 16, 2009 11:01 AM CST
WTF?....how horrible...how the hell can you do that to kids..*sigh*...THEY should apologize...dammit
So_Cal_Larry
Nov 16, 2009 8:56 AM CST
Now lets see about these Aussies: How about the treatment of the indigenous Aboriginals of Australia. Here's a link to Wilipedia's treatise of these peoples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I... Check out the portion on 'Stolen Generations' where, for a century, children were removed from their families in the name of religion. Shocking. Just shocking.