Parent(s) Left Home, Leaving Child Behind

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Akabusi, Kriss

Akabusi was born an Igbo prince in Nigeria, but taken to England as a child, where he went into care when his mother returned to Nigeria. He spent time in a children's home and also had mul... [more]

Bokassa I

Jean-Bdel Bokassa was born to a married couple, and his father was a chief. His father was murdered by the French colonial occupiers when he was six, and his mother committed suicide a wee... [more]

Brosnan, Pierce

Brosnan's parents separated when he was a baby and he was raised by relatives in Ireland while his mother went to London to train as a nurse. In 1964 he joined her in London. As a young m... [more]

Kepler, Johannes

Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt, Swabia. His father was a merchant who went as a mercenary soldier to fight in the Spanish Netherlands when he was two. His mother was the daughter of an i... [more]

Martinson, Harry Edmund

Martinson was born in Jmshg in southern Sweden. His father died when he was six, and his mother abandoned her seven children to emigrate to America. The rest of his childhood was spent in... [more]

Sanderson, Teresa Ione

Sanderson's father emigrated to England before she was born, and her mother followed him before she was a year old, leaving her and her sister to be raised by their grandmother in rural Jam... [more]

Swift, Jonathan

Swift's father died before he was born and his mother soon afterwards left him in Ireland to be raised by his uncle while she returned to England. (One version of his life states that his m... [more]

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