“You need to have confidence, it’s the arrogance that kills you.”
Alden Mills–Navy Seal platoon commander.
SAVIA (Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse) is a campaigns and support group in Northern Ireland. They’ve been campaigning for survivors of institutional abuse for over 10 years. The British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, finally received legislative authority to act on their behalf; to move the compensation package recommended by the HART report into motion.
However she chooses not to act because it’s a matter for the devolved government in Northern Ireland.
There’s been no government in Northern Ireland for more than two years. The two main parties in government Sinn Fein and the DUP won’t work together, or come to an agreement about specific issues so the Northern Irish government is at a standstill. They’re still getting paid and many here have been asking why.
Many of these survivors of inhumane treatment (in some cases torture) by religious authorities have been hurt and failed all of their lives. Many are in the last stage of their lives and can’t be compensated or receive the social or medical care they need.
Government has the authority to act but won’t act.
How we treat one another really matters. How we treat our most vulnerable citizens matters more, so much so Jesus warned us in scripture;
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40. New Living Translation.
You can listen to the recent interview and response about government inaction from SAVIA representatives here ;