UP TO 60 Derry people who suffered child abuse in care are expected to give evidence to the newly opened Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry.
Dozens of local survivors of institutional abuse at the hands of religious orders and social care workers have already related their harrowing experiences to the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry.
The Inquiry opened on Monday following a campaign started over four years ago by abuse survivors.
It has been set up to look at abuse in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995
Among the 13 State and Church-run institutions to be put under scrutiny are the Catholic St Joseph’s Boys Home at Termonbacca and the Nazareth House home in Bishop Street.
Both organisations were run by the nuns from the Sisters of Nazareth, who this week among a number of groups who issued an unreserved apology to those children abused while in their care.
However, a former resident at Termonbacca said the apology ‘has to mean more than words’.
John McCourt, one of the key figures behind the establishment of the new Inquiry, said: “It must manifest itself in practical help for victims and survivors.”
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