France-Canada: The quest for recognition of the hidden children of the French colonies

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In the time of French colonial Africa, children born to white settlers and to mothers who, at the time, were described as "indigenous" were often disowned by their French fathers and taken away from their maternal families to be forcibly placed in orphanages. Fifty years after African independence, many of them are asking for some form of recognition and are demanding French nationality.


Following the dissemination of our report "The Hidden Children of Colonial France," many such stories have emerged. Among them is that of Jean-André Diallo, born in 1926 in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso. Today he lives with his children in Canada, where he opened his doors to us. Reporting in Canada and in France by François Rihouay and Jonathan Walsh.


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