About 800 skeletons of infants were discovered in a concrete tank near a former Catholic convent in the town of Tuam, Ireland. In his convent, between 1925 and 1961, single pregnant women were received.
“Someone told me about the existence of a cemetery of newborns, but what I found there was much more than that,” said historian Cartherine Corless to AFP.
Corless found 796 children buried in the vicinity of the Catholic institution without a coffin or tombstone. Newborns would have been buried secretly by the nuns of the Congregation of Bon Secours.
According to France Presse, the reasons for the death of the children remain as a mystery, although scientists suspect several causes, such as pneumonia, malnutrition, tuberculosis and possibly abuse.