Tuesday, 16 October 2007

searching for frances

Hi everyone,

As anyone who knows me will know, I am a very charitable, easy going, friendly type of person, at the best of times anyway and I don't flip my lid very often but this search for my missing ancestor has really got me riled..I have managed to trace her at last, only to find that she was a British Home Child. Poor Frances. Anyone not knowing what a British Home Child was, I'll enlighten you. It is a child or children who people like Barnardo thought were being neglected or mistreated by the Parents and needed to be taken under their wing, to put it politely. In fact what it was, was kidnapping and child slavery. They would take these poor children away from their families without their consent or knowledge. Then they're shipped off like cattle to another country where they're sold for $2.00 as Mother's helpers or farmers and such. In fact, I've been reading up and researching this very closely and most of them were beaten, raped and abused over there. I dread to think what might have happened to Frances. A poor 14 year old girl away from her Mother, wondering what was going to happen to her and why was it happening. Who are these people to think they're above the law anyway? And why didn't the law do something to stop this ? Well, I'm up on my soap box again I know but it gets me so angry to think that children and parents were treated in this way.This is only the start of my research into this, so goodness knows what else will come into light here. I vow and declare NEVER to donate to Barnardos, on principle.I have other ways of donating to charities and it doesn't involve underhanded dealings like this.

Will keep you informed of my findings.. 

Hope you're all well and looking forward to halloween...  x x x


ukgal36 said...

wow..that is awful...slavery really...

heavenlybama said...

Pat...I'm sending you some websites to search for Frances.  Tha's terrible about slavery.

emabecmar said...

that is so awful to happen to a 14yr old girl. have a nice evening. (((((Hugs)))))))

fisherkristina said...

How totally deplorable.  I can't even begin to imagine what these poor children went through.  How sad.


luddie343 said...

If we could explain why anyone would visit such horrors on frightened children, it still wouldn't change human nature - which unforunately sometimes just stinks.  I pray you find what you need, whether it's Frances herself or some small bit of peace of mind and heart.  You have a good decent soul  CATHY

ukgal36 said...

Hi Pat.. I am doing my Christmas card list and would love to have your address....
Thanks and hope all is well