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Ovaherero Genocide Foundation

1910 Australia

Stolen Generations: Aborigines and Torres Islanders

From 1910 to 1970, several of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia were removed from their families due to government policies, which is now known as the Stolen Generations. The indigenous children had to live with white families or were put in institutions and were often abused and forced to work. They lived in controlled living conditions, received low levels of education, and did not know the truth about why they were taken from their parents. Their assimilation into the white community has been described as a form of genocide, which continues to affect the indigenous today.