I’ve poured my heart and soul into my latest book, “Congo Stories,” which I’ve co-authored with Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba. Our friend Ryan Gosling has contributed amazing photos from our travels together in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And Soraya Aziz Souleymane, Chouchou Namegabe, and Dave Eggers made critical contributions to the book, as did my colleagues at Enough and The Sentry Annie Callaway, Holly Dranginis, and Sasha Lezhnev.
NATHAN WOLD MARCH 10, 2015
10The Duplessis Orphans
In the 1930s and 1940s, a conservative revolution ushered in an era in Quebec now known as “The Great Darkness.” Led by Premier Maurice Duplessis, the period was characterized by unprecedented corruption and repression, much of which involved the Catholic Church. After Duplessis received the provincial Church’s support during his rise to power, he sought to repay the favor with a bizarre moneymaking scheme revolving around institutionalizing children. At the time, federal subsidies for mental hospitals were much larger than those given to orphanages, which were largely the responsibility of the provincial government.