Belfasts 11 000 Babyleichen ignoriert durch internationale Medien – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Belfasts 11 000 Babyleichen ignoriert durch internationale Medien.
Tuam concerns an alleged unmarked mass grave at a former Catholic Church-run home containing the bodies of almost 800 children who died between 1925 and 1961.
It lies, almost unthinkably, in a disused septic tank. Much more disturbingly however, analysis would appear to show unnaturally high death-rates, which may have been caused by inappropriate care by ill-trained and ill-suited nuns.
„Unnaturally high death-rates“ is jargon for the deaths of children who should have lived long and happy lives. Quite rightly Tuam became an international story and ignited a fresh round of soul-searching in the Republic.
Things are rather different north of the border. The Belfast story was revealed in Sunday Life on June 15. The allegations are credible and concern the burial of babies‘ bodies in the Bog Meadows – that strip of greenery on your right as you drive country-bound along the M1.
An archaeologist says she has found a grave with 429 children inside, but there are more. If the claims are correct, you’re driving past the unmarked graves of up to 11,000 children. You’d have thought that vista of misery might concern lots of people. …..
The Belfast revelations follow the same disturbing path as Tuam: the callousness of the burials and the „unnaturally high“ death-rates alleged in Nazareth Lodge between 1940 and 1951. And there are suggestions that not all babies who died at Nazareth Lodge were recorded as being from there.
Why did this story not ignite significant follow-up articles and action? Why the contrast with Tuam? Rivalries? Cosy consensus? I don’t really know. ………..