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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Australia's 'Stolen Generations' facing prolonged trauma

Australia's 'Stolen Generations' facing prolonged trauma
The term "Stolen Generations" refers to the thousands of indigenous children who were taken from their homes and put in foster care with white families or institutions under assimilation policies that ended only in the early 1970s. Many never saw their parents or siblings again.

The pivotal "Bringing Them Home" report in 1997, which followed a national inquiry into the tragedy, acknowledged the human rights violations suffered and set out measures to support those affected.

One of the key demands mentioned in the report was a national apology, which finally came in 2008.

But two decades on, victims said that while funding had been provided for counselling, cultural programmes and family support, they continued to face institutional racism and cited a failure to properly address mental health issues.