Ian Bone

st helena

Regular bloggers will know of my long standing interest in Tristan Da Cunha – a dependency of St.Helena itself ruled by an English governor and retired ex-sussex police chiefs. A brave report by the LUCY FAITHFULL foundation – suppressed by the government – reveals the horror of what these colonial chiefs have presided over – including the provision of young girls to he American airbase on Ascension island, widespread domestic violence and rape, and other footnotes like this:

‘It also called for urgent improvements to residential facilities for children and adults with disabilities to ‘avoid a public scandal’.

Charity workers were shown a ‘home made padded cell’ for children who became upset or ‘difficult’, which had only just been taken out of use, at the insistence of a new social services manager.

The buildings where children with physical and learning difficulties were housed were ‘terribly run down and extremely depressing’…

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