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No Easy Road by Patsy Whyte
I was born in 1955 in a one-time army barracks condemned unfit for human habitation. One of a family of ten traveller children torn apart by the state, I grew up in a children's home in Aberdeen, Scotland, until I was 15.
Traveller families across Scotland were treated similarly, "ethnically cleansed", their children snatched from street and countryside. Children were taken without warning, during the day or in the middle of the night, and placed into "care". Little or no attempt was made to keep brothers and sisters together.
It was all hidden, of course, a shameful episode from Scotland's past. But the repercussions are still felt to this day. My family was all but destroyed, scattered to the wind. I grew up knowing little or nothing about any of them. Today, despite trying to build up a relationship with my brothers and sisters, the family bond is now a mere shadow of what it should have been.
It's taken me more than 30 years to pluck up the courage to write my memoir, which is available on Amazon as a paperback or as a Kindle download. I'm glad I did because the authorities have not "got away with it". What they did to my family is now on record. My family now has some kind of justice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Life is too short for bitterness.