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Kidnapped Children

I had a friend who was kidnapped during Argentina’s last military dictatorship in 1976-83 — the soldiers shot his wife, killed her, wounded him, and stole their baby.
He escaped to Spain, but died a young man – heartbroken, pining for his wife and child.
So today Argentina gave us good news — at least some will be reunited in this world.
The Guardian today reports about the long-missing grandchild of Estela Carlotto, the founder of Argentinean human rights organisation Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.
The child has been found thanks to a DNA test, the Grandmothers have announced.


“I didn’t want to die without hugging him,” 83-year-old Carlotto said in a press conference, “and now I will be able to hug him soon.”


During the dictatorship, some 500 newborns were taken from arrested young opponents of the regime and handed over to military families to be raised as their own.
The real parents were murdered – like my friend and his wife.


The grandchild identified on Tuesday, named only as Guido by the Grandmothers, is the 114th to be found by the group.
Argentinean media identified him as Ignacio Hurban, a pianist and composer who is director of a music school in the city of Olavarria, south-west of Buenos Aires.
No details had yet been given of what family raised Guido. “I want to meet him, I want to see if he is like I imagined him,” said Carlotto. “But it is a slow process that won’t be easy for him.”
Guido, now aged 36, was identified after he presented himself voluntarily at the DNA bank that the Grandmothers have set up with the blood samples of all the group’s members.

The discovery brought tremendous joy to the Grandmothers, especially because of the fact that the case of their founding member, who has worked so hard in solving the cases of other missing grandchildren, has finally been solved.
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