The remains of up to 800 children were found in a septic tank on a site where there once stood a home for unwed mothers and their children in Tuam, Ireland, according to reports.
Unwed mothers were sent to institutions like The Home, run by Catholic nuns, both as a punishment for becoming pregnant out of wedlock and to spare their families the shame of an illegitimate child.
Infant mortality rates at The Home were staggering, as they were at similar homes for unwed mothers.
The Home Babies (as they were called) who survived were often ostracized in Irish society until they were adopted out.
Plans for a memorial service for the lost children and the erection of a marker at the site of the mass grave are currently underway.
The Catholic Church is scheduled to meet with the nuns who ran The Home, the Bon Secours Sisters, and have formed a committee, which includes Corless, to raise money for "a small commemorative statue and a plaque with the names of the deceased."
Some are using the internet to press for an investigation into the Tuam deaths via an online petition and tweets with tags like #800DeadBabies and #HomeBabies.
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