‘Canadian Philomenas’ continue to fight for justice

Activists on forced adoption say story is a global one, and still needs telling

Jennifer Hough, in Toronto      Mon, Dec 22, 2014, 01:00

When Valerie Andrews heard an interview last year on the CBC, Canada’s state broadcaster, with Irish adoption campaigner Philomena Lee, she thought “great, but why don’t you give us some airtime?”

“We are here, we are the Canadian Philomenas,” says Andrews, who has been fighting for years to have the story of Canada’s mother-and-baby homes unearthed and acknowledged.

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