Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Lets change the subject...

It's raining again here. I'm not sure that's what I bargained for..

Anyway, it would be a grave omission if I didn't mention the "Madres de Plaza de Mayo". For those that are not familiar with the subject, the Madres are the mothers of the Missing young people (los Decaparecidos) of the military dictatorship of Argentina of the 70s and 80s, and the so-called Dirty War. Their kids were "disappearing" in scores during those 7 years, either because they were active against the junta or because the military authorities counted them as such. The estimated number of los Decaparecidos varies, but generally is accepted as between 11,000 and 30,000. Despite the end of the dictatorship in 1983, most of them are still unaccounted for.

The "Madres" is an association of the mothers fighting for the right to re-unite with their abducted children. Since 30 April 1977 they protest weekly on Plaza de Mayo. I have participated twice in their protests, and somehow feel very close to this story and every Thursday it is quite overwhelming. Have a look, it is worth it.

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