Saturday, December 16, 2006

The 50 year old photograph album

David, my brother warned me that there were photographs missing from the album taken which my sister-in-law, Doreen, had found at the bottom of a wardrobe.
These were photographs from Craig-y-nos taken over 50 years ago.

He was puzzled.
"Why should someone remove them?"

I was too, until I remembered asking my mother years ago about these missing photos. She had taken them out. She was ashamed.

I was reminded of this re-reading an e-mail from a former patient in Craig-y-nos. She was 8 years of age at the time and her mother burnt all the photos of her too. Only two remain from her years there.

And I think the shame of TB is one of the reasons why we have 40 years of history quietly forgotten.

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