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How a failed social experiment in Denmark separated Inuit children from their families

Helene Thiesen was one of 22 Inuiit children separated from their families in Greenland 70 years ago.

Editor’s note: This story is part of CNN’s commitment to covering issues around identity, including race, gender, sexuality, religion, class and caste.

Seven-year-old Helene Thiesen peered out from aboard the passenger ship MS Disko, knowing she was setting sail from Greenland to a place called Denmark. What she could not understand is why her mother had chosen to send her away on that unhappy day in 1951.

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