The Daily Haiku – 175th Theme, Hidden


Hidden from view,
secret babies, Magadalena
mothers put through hell!

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In Ireland in the 1950’s and 1960’s unmarried Roman Catholic girls were sent to the Magadalena mother and baby homes to give birth to their babies. The babies were snatched away and given to married couples to adopt them.

The girls themselves had no say in the matter. The homes had strict, harsh regimes run by nuns were the emphasis was on punishment rather than care.

The babies were scattered to the four winds and the girls returned home, often with deep mental scars that never healed.

The film, Philomena takes a look at the phenomena. The lead role is brilliantly portrayed by Dame Judi Dench who plays the lead role of Philomena who as an older woman wants to trace her lost baby.