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Today We Say Sorry

“I remember when welfare came and mum would tell us to go and hide in the bushes. I hated that black car. We’d see mum lying on the ground because she was so upset. When welfare came for us, we were all playing in the open, and mum saw the black car. Mum said ‘quick!’ hide. They had already taken three of my brothers and sisters. We tried to hide in the bushes but they found us. When they found us mum was so upset she collapsed on the ground again crying. I asked ‘where are we going’ and the white fella said ‘we are going to take you on a holiday’. We put a fight up, but we were only little kids.” Aunty Marlene Coombes



Today we say Sorry to the Children, Mothers, Fathers, siblings and communities.

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