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Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo find 126th missing grandchild

The Abuelas, formed in October 1977, have now identified 126 children who were snatched away, given new identities and handed to new families after their parents were killed by the 1976-1983 military junta.

Tuesday 5 December, 2017
Head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, announces the restitution of the 125th grandchild at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the organisation’s founding at the CCK.
Head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, announces the restitution of the 125th grandchild at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the organisation’s founding at the CCK. Foto:Cedoc.

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The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have announced that they have found and recovered the identity of the 126th missing grandchild of their long four-decade search.

The human rights organisation will give a press conference at their headquarters at Virrey Cevallos 592 tomorrow at midday to provide further details. 

"Family members and fellow activists from the granddaughter’s parents will be present. They are very happy to have found out the truth," the Grandmothers said in a press release issued through social media.

"We ask the press and society in general for the prudence, respect and confidentiality that this news require," they added.

The Abuelas, formed in October 1977, have now identified 126 children who were snatched away, given new identities and handed to new families after their parents were killed by the 1976-1983 military junta.

The news comes just two months after the identification of the 125th grandchild.

The grandmothers, now aged in their 80s and over, lost either a son or a daughter to forced disappearances for opposing the military regime, and in many cases, their babies that were born in captivity. They believe as many as 500 children were given up for adoption to relatives or associates of the regime. Their parents were among the 30,000 murdered by the junta. 

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