Margaret Humphreys and Britain’s worst crime against its own citizens
Britain had to save money. In order to do so, poor children were separated from their parents and shipped off overseas.
The “Home Children” program located poor British kids and forcibly shipped them off to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other wealthy Commonwealth nations. Often the parents had absolutely no idea of what was really going on. Children were told that their parents had died, while the parents were told that the kids were put for adoption somewhere else in the UK. Some children had been physically abused or used as slave labor. As a result up to 150,000 poor British children faced a real nightmare.
Margaret Humphreys was the brave woman who made the government’s actions public. She campaigned tirelessly in order to correct the government’s mistake and to help UK child migrants and their families. Humphreys was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, a honorary Master of Arts and a honorary Doctor of Laws degree. For her services to disadvantaged people in 2011 she was awarded a CBE.