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Ireland's 'brutally misogynistic culture' saw the death of 9,000 babies and children in mother and baby homes, report finds

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Thousands of babies and children died in 18 of Ireland's mother and baby homes -- church-run institutions where unmarried women were sent to deliver their babies in secret -- over eight decades, according to a landmark report.

(CNN)Thousands of babies and children died in 18 of Ireland's mother and baby homes -- church-run institutions where unmarried women were sent to deliver their babies in secret -- over eight decades, according to a landmark report.

One in seven of those children (15%) didn't survive long enough to leave the homes, yet no alarm was raised by the State over the high mortality rates, even though it was "known to local and national authorities" and was b"recorded in official publications," the report found.

Survivor Philomena Lee, who spent years searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption said in a statement on Sunday that she had "waited decades for this moment -- the moment when Ireland reveals how tens of thousands of unmarried mothers, such as I, and the tens of thousands of our beloved children, such as my dear son Anthony, were torn asunder, simply because we were unwed at the moment our children were born. "

Some 973 children died at, or near, the Tuam mother and baby home, according to the commission, which revealed that some of their remains had been found inside a decommissioned sewage tank.

While the release of the final report closes a chapter on the commission's work, survivors' rights groups say their work is not over.

"We recognize the hurt and trauma experienced by those who are affected by the Commission's report into Mother and Baby Homes, that are understandably searching their identity," the statement said.

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