Did you know that during the military dictatorship, If a woman was pregnant during the time of her forced kidnapping, the repressors would keep her alive just long enough to deliver her baby, would promptly kill her, and would then gave her baby up for adoption (usually to a military family).
These stolen babies were part of a systematic plan in the frame of the “Dirty War”, for fear that these little babies would grow up to be “subversives and terrorists just like their parents.”
THE GRANDMOTHERS OF THE PLAZA DE MAYO, on off-shoot of THE MADRES OF THE PLAZA DE MAYO, has worked tirelessly since 1977 to reunite these stolen babies with their biological families. Their work has led to the creation of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and the establishment of a National Genetic Data Bank. They have reunited over 100 children, now in their 30’s, with their families.
It’s a funny feeling, walking around in a country, seeing yours peers, and thinking that any one of them could be one of these babies who were stolen from their parents. That they have lived as long as I have, and are not aware of their true identity.
There is an estimated 500 children kidnapped or born in detention during the military era.
In recent years, THE GRANDMOTHERS have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and received the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize in Paris for their work in defense of Human Rights.
I have nothing but admiration and respect for these women and for the work they do. Yesterday I had the great pleasure of interviewing a founding member of MADRES DE LA PLAZA DE MAYO, and today, as we wrap up our shoot here in Argentina, I have the great honor of interviewing a founding member of ABUELAS. Today is a great day in my life.
Everyday I feel more and more gratitude for this experience. Everyday I feel more and more desire to share it with others.
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