The Fate of Innocents
While searching for my ancestral roots, I learned that my maternal grandfather had been abandoned as an infant and raised by foster parents in the village of Pacentro. In June of 2011, I wrote the attached article that was published in the American Journal of Nursing, because I wanted to share the plight of these abandoned children, many of whom succumbed to starvation, abuse, and neglect. My grandfather was one of the fortunate infants, for the foster parents offered him a loving home. When I asked my grandfather about his mother, he said, "Her name was Carolina and she was a beautiful person."