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© Manuel Moreno - Basque Children of '37 Association
Britain's Basque bastion

On an overcast day in late May, 1937, Southampton witnessed a particularly unusual cargo disembarking from the converted aging liner The SS Habana. There was no fanfare and no ships siren - just a silent entry to the port.

The gangway groaned with the sound of 3,826 Spanish children, 95 teachers, 120 volunteer helpers and 15 priests walking down to a life now free from the trauma of war they had left behind - the Spanish Civil War. During this war, nearly one million Spanish were exiled, but this cargo was of a sector of Spanish society that had no choice in their future - children that had become the pawns of war. More...

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1 marcia gomez from Valencia - 5 November 2003
"I thnk it is a disgraceful that we treate any human beings like this, like they are no more important than the animals. Thank you to people here for behaving like this towards the children."

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