The Forced Separation of Indigenous Children from Their Parents: Australia

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From the final report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families:

So the next thing I remember
Was that they took us away from there,
And we went to the hospital,
And I kept asking
Because the children were screaming,
And the little brothers and sisters were just babies of course,
And I couldn't move, they were all around me,
Around my neck and legs, yelling and screaming.

I was all upset and I didn't know what to do,
And I didn't know where we were going.
I just thought: Well, they're police,
They must know what they're doing.
I suppose I've got to go with them.
They're taking us to see Mum.
You know, this is what I honestly thought.

They kept us in hospital for three days,
And I kept asking,
'When are we going to see Mum?'
And no one told us at this time.
And I think on the third or fourth day
They piled us in the car,
And I said, 'Where are we going?'
And they said, 'We are going to see your mother.'
But then we turned left to go to the airport,
And I got a little panicky
About where we were going.

They got hold of me,
And I got a little baby in my arms,
And they put us on the plane.
And still they told us
We were going to see Mum.
So I thought she must be
Wherever they're taking us.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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