The list provided of mass movement of children is by no means complete -- for example, in the Stolen Generation, it talks of the forced removal of aboriginal children to be placed in white families in Australia without mentioning the similar history in the United States and Canada. The South Korean diaspora of "war orphans" also isn't on the list. Adding these would have given them a tidy "Top Ten," but then there's the orphan trains, the Baby Scoop Era, Georgia Tann. . . .
An American church group is being detained in Haiti for attempting to illegally take 33 children out of the country to an orphanage. The law notwithstanding, are good intentions enough? Or is kidnapping just that no matter what the circumstance? History offers some examples.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
A Brief History of Baby Lifts
I missed this in Time Magazine when it came out in February: