I had someone try and defend direct provision to me, saying it is a far cry from the Horrors of the Magdalene laundries or industrial schools.
The horror comes when people have been in such emergency accommodation for 9 + years, it is the only life some children have known.
When parents can not cook meals for children, get food when needed for sick children.
When there is no privacy, as adults are forced to sleep 4+ to a cramped room.
When the accommodation is not clean or kept up to proper standards.
When children are raping other children.
When women who happen to be trans are forced to be in men only accommodation.
When women are having to consider sex work due to the lack of provision for school books and uniforms.
When curfews are imposed and unwell people are locked out after going to A&E.
When people detained there are moved, with out reason or notice to other centers.
When people raped can not access the medical care they need.
When those detained there have no idea if or when they will get to be released to have a normal life, or be sent back to a country where they will be killed; which results in them ending their own life.
The Laundries, Mother and Baby homes, the industrial schools, were all considered care carried out by those who were contracted, ie paid by the State to do so. They lacked care, compassion and were inhumane, and still people are deined thier Human Rights.
Direct provision is no different.
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