Rabbit-Proof Fence

In todays lesson we watched the movie “Rabbit-proof fence”. It is a film based on a true story, about three aboriginal girls who were removed from their families by the government in Australia. From year 1900 to 1972 the government attacked the aboriginal families and culture, who were “mixed descent”. The children were removed to boarding schools, and did most likely never see their parents again. The government did this to eradicate the indigenous people.

Rabbit-Proof Fence is the title of the movie, and was also the longest fence in Australia then. It is called rabbit- proof fence because it is there to keep the rabbits on one side of the country so they won’t destroy the fields on the other side. For Molly, and her two sisters the fence was a path home, after escaping from Moore River. They walked for 9 weeks along this fence to come home. The fence mean perhaps more than just keeping the rabbits outside, but also to separate the indigenous people.

Before I saw the movie, I did know that “half-castes” children were removed from their families to non-Aboriginals. I did know that the children perhaps never saw they parents again.

Today i learned that this happened for several decades. It is scary to think that this mission happened all these years until 1972, which feels very close. I got to know that the prime minister in Australia is today really sorry for what happened to the lost generation, and that he now has a “Sorry Day”to remember the tough time. Another thing I also learned was that these children is today known as the “Stolen Generation”.

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I really think the girls walked all the way. After some research I found out they did. The three sisters walked from north of Perth to their home in Jigaling. The girls always found some way to get food and drink, when it was necessary. Nine weeks is a long time, and 1500 miles is a long way. The film is based on a true story, and i choose to believe they did walk all the way.

There are many of the articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which were not met. Article 1 states that all children are born free and equal in dignity and rights. The Aboriginals children were definitely not treated as free born children.

The Aboriginals were unjustified handled because of their skin colour and race, which is against article 2.  They were neither entitled  a fair and public hearing by an impartial tribunal, as article 10 says.

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-Sara

The sources i used:

http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html#atop

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/14/1073877902433.html?from=storyrhs

 

 

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Rabbit-Proof Fence

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