The shocking story of La Réunion island's children stolen by France


More than 2,000 children were removed from the Indian Ocean island between 1963 and 1982 as part of a French government programme to repopulate rural postwar France, where Jean-Thierry Cheyroux, now 56, was sent in 1967 to work on the farm of his adoptive parents.

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Jean-Thierry Cheyroux, 56, doesn’t remember his mother’s face or the name of the road he lived on as a child, but when he sees the volcanoes from the aircraft window, for the first time in decades he feels at home. The last time he made this journey was in 1967; he was seven years old and flying in the opposite direction – from Réunion Island, where he was born, to France, where he now lives, reports The Guardian.