Thursday, June 11, 2015

Formative years

"They fuck you up, your mum and dad. / They may not mean to, but they do." In the case of a group of Inuit children living in Greenland in the early 1950s, it wasn't just their mums and dads - it was also the Danish government and charities allegedly committed to protecting children's best interests. One of that group, Helene Thiesen, has told the remarkable story of how her childhood was sacrificed to a state-sanctioned social engineering project. It beggars belief that such schemes could have even been proposed and carried out, let alone that those responsible could have thought they were acting with the best of intentions.

No comments: