The Inuit children's home

After a thorough question and answer session  we entered the home.  But I had one more Question that I’d been dying to ask.  A question that I thought would shed light on how the institution protects itself and/or it’s children.  “How do you punish the children, when they get angry”.  He frowned as if to say why you asking me that. I wanted to know the regime of discipline. How a child is punished will tell me everything about the system.  “we take them out into the wilderness, with the dogs,  for a few days or weeks and we work through it. Come in let’s go in”.

The children's home laid on a true spread, cakes and coffee and raw liver with whale meat.   We heard the children sing and play instruments and talk and laugh. For me it was a moving experience. I didn’t want to trust it. The children’s home  had pictures on walls and bookshelves and comfy couches and it made the children homes of England look like caves.  Earlier this week I was in the Times Newspaper for The National Children Homes campaign and I am patron of The Letterbox Club at The Booktrust whose aim is to get books delivered to all children in care.

In the evening we all performed in  the hotel.  I kicked off with the poem Invisible Kisses –   Then Martha Wainwright  played her music and song, then KT Tunstall, Robyn Hitchcock, Shlomo, Lesley Feist, Vannessa Carlton,  Jarvis Cocker. It was a small bar in a small town in Greenland.  These are stadium filling artists playing there hearts out to a little crowd in Uumannaq.  By 1am all the instruments are packed and we were waiting by the bay for the zodiac boats – straight out of central casting for a James Bond film – to zig zag us to the ship. But while we are in the bay whip lashes of Northern lights skirted across the sky. 

2 thoughts on “The Inuit children's home

  1. Hi Lemn great article as was the one in the Times, thank you for being inspiring to many young and slightly older care leavers! Yours Colin
    P.S left you a personal message on facebook

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