There are no gravestones, no plaques and no coffins.
But buried beneath the ground of what is now a housing development in country Ireland, are the bodies of almost 800 babies and small children.
The babies were reportedly buried in a septic tank over a period of 36 years in the grounds of what was once a home for unwed mothers, run by the Bon Secours nuns.
The Tuam home operated between 1925 and 1961. Young women were sent to “The Home” at a time when being pregnant and unmarried was considered an absolute “sin”, even in cases where the pregnancy was a result of rape.
None of the women were able to keep their “illegitimate” children. It now appears that while some of the babies who were born at the home were adopted out to families in the United States, countless others were left to die. The small corpses that have been discovered appear to have died from malnutrition and neglect or from diseases like tuberculosis, measles, gastroenteritis, and pneumonia.
Numerous reports have suggested that as many as two babies were dying per week at the Tuam home, which housed hundreds women and children at any one time.
A photo of some of the children at “the Home” in 1924 (Connaught Tribune, 21st June 1924) pic.twitter.com/foGFqAKJ8m
— Limerick1914 (@Limerick1914) May 27, 2014