When you think of a nun, what comes to mind? Some people might think about lovely women who dedicate their lives to God, and towards doing God’s work here on Earth. For the most part, that is exactly who they are and what they do.
My dad was raised in an orphanage when he was a young boy in Brooklyn, New York. He told us stories about how mean the nuns were to the kids in the orphanage, from beating my dad’s hand when he wrote with his left hand (they forced him to use his right hand), and having to not having enough to eat.
Just like with anything in life, there is always good and bad to everything.
A new docu-series coming to Topic this week, explores the dark side of nuns, and the deaths of hundreds of babies and children, as well as children who have gone missing. It’s called The Missing Children.
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The Missing Children is a horrific docu-series about children who were killed and adopted out by the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Here is the series synopsis;
40 years ago, thousands of children were snatched from unwed mothers in Ireland at the behest of the Catholic Church. The remains of 796 of them were found in a septic tank of a Mother and Baby home run by Catholic nuns – many more were trafficked to the US in forced adoptions, and thousands are still unaccounted for. How was this allowed to occur and who is to be held accountable?
The Missing Children is an extraordinary true crime story that exposes the Catholic Church’s involvement in the trafficking, neglect and suspicious deaths of babies born to unwed mothers in Ireland. Weaving together shocking revelations about what happened to the children under the Bons Secours nuns, with the compelling present tense narrative of survivors searching for their families, the series shines a bright light on the hypocrisy and cruelty that occurred and seeks accountability within the systems that allowed it.
Many of these children were sent to America for adoptions and so much of this story is rooted here. Since the end of the series, the filmmakers have discovered even more families who have ties to Tuam who are eager to tell their story. The series tells a powerful story of survivors and families uncovering the truth and is a must watch.
WOW! Just WOW! This is an insane story. To think that it’s REAL. WOW!
When you hear about what happened to hundreds (if not more!) babies and children, and how they were just tossed in the sewer like they were trash – it’s not only disgusting, but it breaks my heart. How can ANYONE, let alone nuns, do that to a child?
I’m a big fan of the horror genre, but I KNOW that it’s all make believe and meant for fun. This story is a true life horror story, that is far worse than any horror movie I have ever seen in my entire life – including the classics.
It’s also heartbreaking to know that hundreds of children were adopted out WITHOUT their mother’s approval. Often the mother’s were young, or unwed. It’s hard to know what was going on when their babies were adopted out (if they were coerced, or unknowing in regards to giving up their child).
I wasn’t adopted. I was raised by my paternal grandparents and biological father. However, not knowing about my biological mother, and why she abandoned me, was a huge part of my life for many decades. I know the truth now, and I’m at peace with it. But not knowing can plague your life. Hearing the stories about these adults who were adopted out without their mother’s approval, and with some shady paperwork as well, it’s just mind blowing.
If you enjoy documentaries, or true crime stories, then you will certainly want to check out The Missing Children. The stories are so unbelievable – but they are true!
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*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.