Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.
lara7

My LJ theme for this week is apparently "institutionalization":

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/DailyNews/Ireland_abuse030126.html

Ah, the joys of a theocracy. Irish Catholic girls, some unwed mothers, some guilty of such sins as being illegitimate children themselves, get locked up in the convent to do laundry for the nuns. They recieve no pay, aren't allowed to speak, and aren't told how long they'll serve. Girls who die in the laundry are buried in unmarked graves.

And how long did this straight-out-of-Dickens practice go on? Until 1996.

Appalling, isn't it?

And in a sorta related thing, I didn't mention the most heartbreaking thing I saw at the Leprosy Museum. A set of leg shackles, so that when the patients were brought to Carville, they couldn't run away once getting off the boat and "infect" people in nearby towns. Incredibly, the leg shackles were in use until the late 1940s until someone decided it was overkill AND inhumane.
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