The Inuit believe that they were taken from their families and separated from their culture after they were taken out of Greenland. Children left their homeland 70 years ago.
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Greenland. The inuit are demanding compensation for a failed social experiment
According to The Guardian, in 1951, 22 children were taken from Greenland to provide them with “better living conditions”, and then return to Greenland after their stay in Denmark. By changing the environment, they were to become “good models” for their compatriots. Of the 22 participants in the experiment, six have survived to this day, now they are in their seventy and each of them is demanding compensation from the state in the amount of EUR 33,600 (PLN 158,589). The children were between four and nine years old at the time of their collection.
“They lost their families, language, culture and sense of belonging” – the victim’s lawyer Mads Pramming, quoted by the world-today-news.com portal, reported on Monday to the “Politiken” newspaper. It turns out that the children were placed in orphanages after returning from the experiment. they had parents. After leaving for Copenhagen, many of them lost touch with their families forever.
“This is a violation of their right to private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights,” emphasized Pramming. And he added that the Danish prime minister has two weeks to comment on the compensation letter, then a lawsuit will be filed.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen: We cannot change what has happened, but we can take responsibility and apologize
In December 2020, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen referred to an experiment carried out on 22 children and apologized for the harm they had suffered. “We cannot change what happened, but we can take responsibility and apologize to those we should deal with, but we have failed,” recalled the words of Frederiksen from euronews.com. The Danish Social Affairs Minister, Astrid Krag, also spoke on this issue, emphasizing in an interview with the Politiken newspaper that the apology was “crucial” and that “it is important that we learn from past mistakes so that history does not repeat itself”.
Greenland was a Danish colony until 1953, now it is an autonomous country.