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Caging children is child abuse. Forcibly splitting children from their parents is child abuse. This should not be a left/right issue. This is humane versus inhumane, right versus wrong. bit.ly/2MVLtTM
13 years ago, I co-founded @lumos, which works to stop child incarceration, reunite families a the truth about child institutions, often wrongly called ‘orphanages.’ There is a huge body of research to show that institutionalising children causes profound harm.
Institutionalisation was especially prevalent in Eastern Europe, where children were taken from their families to be ‘raised’ in state-run institutions. The statistics on these children’s subsequent life outcomes are appalling. (See @lumos website for all research)
Across the developing world, children with living parents are persuaded to institutionalise them, often with the promise of food, medical care or education, which frequently fails to materialise. Yet across the West, we banned ‘orphanages’ long ago, knowing the harm they cause.
Seeing mass incarceration of young children in the US is truly shocking. The evidence on child institutions has been clearcut for decades: they cause long term trauma, render children vulnerable to abuse and too often lead to disappearances. #ReuniteFamiliesNow

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Jul 5, 2018
Fair question.
When an 'inclusive' movement includes people like this, you can count me out.
When blood and soil ethno-nationalists are marching with your supposedly 'civic' marches, your nationalism doesn't look too different to any other country's.
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Jun 16, 2018
The alternative to an abusive family should never be institutionalisation, for many good reasons /1
We have 80 years of solid research that prove children in institutions (even well-run orphanages, set up with good intentions) cause children psychological and physical harm /2
Foster care has far better outcomes for children who can’t live with their families, or have no family. It is a common misconception in the developed world that children in foreign orphanages are there because the family was unfit to care for them. 3/
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Just unfollowed a man whom I thought was smart and funny, because he called Theresa May a whore. 1/14
If you can’t disagree with a woman without reaching for all those filthy old insults, screw you and your politics. 2/14
I’m sick of ‘liberal’ men whose mask slips every time a woman displeases them, who reach immediately for crude and humiliating words 3/14
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