Denmark’s prime minister on Wednesday delivered a face-to-face apology to six living victims of a 1950s social experiment in which 22 Greenlandic children were taken from their families and sent to Denmark to be integrated into Danish society. Reuters reports that The Inuit children were between four and nine years old when they were shipped to Denmark, then the colonial power, in 1951 to try to re-educate them as “little Danes”. The children were supposed to then return to Greenland and be part of a new Danish-speaking elite that would help modernise the Arctic island’s Inuit population. The children were never sent back to their families though and were instead either adopted by Danish families or sent back to Greenland to be placed in an orphanage, where they were forced to speak Danish and had little or no contact with their relatives.
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