06 August 2018

BBC Radio 4 interview blows away myth of ‘good’ orphanages


Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mishal Husain

Hope and Homes for Children’s CEO, Mark Waddington, and orphanage survivor, Oggi Tomic, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to explain why overseas orphanages do more harm than good.

Mark and Oggi were interviewed by presenter, Mishal Husain, following the UK Government’s groundbreaking commitment to a long-term plan to ensure all children grow up in families.

Hear the interview in full on BBC Radio 4 Today and scroll to 2 hours, 47 minutes, 50 seconds.

Mark told Today’s seven million listeners that there’s no such thing as a good orphanage, because even in apparently well-run orphanages, children suffer emotional and psychological neglect under harmful conditions, causing long-term problems that endure once the child has aged-out of the orphanage system.

Oggi Tomic, who is now an award-winning filmmaker based in the UK, grew up in a series of orphanages in Bosnia & Herzegovina and survived the Bosnian war, sheltering in the notorious Bjelave orphanage in Sarajevo.

Oggi concluded with a reflection that, if society only ever asks “what if?”, orphanages will never be eliminated and replaced with loving families.