Some happy news for once

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A founding member and president of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an Argentinian group for the search and identification of children stolen by the Argentinian dictatorship, has finally been personally rewarded for her efforts via the discovery of her own lost grandson. I thought that I would put up some cheerful news for once, that occasionally some form of restitution is achievable, since we’re normally a little Doom-y around here. Estela Carlotto and her group have, over the decades, found well over a hundred children that were robbed from their families by the military junta. The irreparable tragedy that lies behind it is that the child’s mother, Mrs. Carlotto’s daughter Laura was brutally murdered in prison after her child was stolen (as per the Wikipedia article, her body was returned with her face and “abdominal area” mutilated—-always with the sexual torture, dictatorships).

Mrs. Carlotto’s husband Guido was also tortured, and Laura, a Peronist activist, named her child after his grandfather. The child is now an adult man with a different name, from his adoptive family, and he is apparently quite successful. He actually decided on his own to seek out his heritage and have a DNA test done, leading to this happy discovery.

The forcible removal of children is alas a common tactic in violent situations to use against one’s political opponents. In the case of the Argentinian dictatorship, they justified themselves by defining the possibility of raising your children with left-wing values to be child abuse and socially irresponsible to boot. But now I’ve gone well into the negative. The dictator eventually died in prison, convicted among other things of stealing babies. And now Mrs. Carlotto has tied up one of the loose ends in her own life as she has helped many others.

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