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Post by twinkletoes Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:04 pm

Activist grandmother reunited with grandson

Wednesday 06 Aug 2014 8:15p.m.

An Argentine grandmother whose rights group has fought to find babies stolen during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship has finally found her long-lost grandson, 36 years after he was snatched from his mother.

Estela Carlotto, the 83-year-old leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo group, was told that her murdered daughter's missing son was found after DNA tests confirmed the 36-year-old man's identity.

"I thank all of you, God and life, because I didn't want to die without hugging him," Carlotto said with a broad smile at her organisation's headquarters, surrounded by her colleagues, three surviving children, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The white-haired grandmother said she could not wait to finally meet her missing grandson, who was taken away from his mother, Laura, after she gave birth while detained during the dictatorship's "dirty war" against leftists.

Carlotto said she learned that her grandson was "an artist, a musician like many of his cousins".

"Laura is smiling from the heavens," she said.

"Some said that he looks like me. He's shaken up. Now he knows," she said, explaining his absence at a press conference.

Laura Carlotto, a leftist militant, was three months pregnant when she was taken to a prison camp by the right-wing authoritarian regime in 1977.

She gave birth on June 26, 1978, while in captivity. She had named the boy Guido but was killed two months after he was born. The woman's body was later handed to her mother.

Ever since then, Estela Carlotto searched desperately for her grandson, convinced that the boy had to be alive.

The baby was taken away by a military official who handed him to a "family that raised him well, maybe innocently", Carlotto said. He was among 500 children taken by the regime.

The man was identified as Ignacio Hurban, who lives in Olavarria, a city 350km southwest of Buenos Aires.

He had voluntarily presented himself to a national commission that identifies missing people about a month ago.

Carlotto's other daughter, Claudia, said "we will all see him soon".

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and a sister group, Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, have led a nationwide effort to reunite the 500 children who were taken from leftists and government opponents during the dictatorship.

Many stolen children were raised by military and police officials. Others were even taken in by their parents' killers.

An estimated 30,000 people were killed or made to "disappear" during the dictatorship.

Carlotto's grandson is the 114th child to have been found, and she vowed to continue her struggle to find the others.

Laura was with her baby for just five hours before he was taken from her.

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