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America’s Disappeared by Chris Hedges + Returning the Stolen – Argentina

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
July 18, 2011

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Dr. Silvia Quintela was “disappeared” by the death squads in Argentina in 1977 when she was four months pregnant with her first child. She reportedly was kept alive at a military base until she gave birth to her son and then, like other victims of the military junta, most probably was drugged, stripped naked, chained to other unconscious victims and piled onto a cargo plane that was part of the “death flights” that disposed of the estimated 20,000 disappeared.

The military planes with their inert human cargo would fly over the Atlantic at night and the chained bodies would be pushed out the door into the ocean. Quintela, who had worked as a doctor in the city’s slums, was 28 when she was murdered.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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Returning the Stolen – Argentina

Journeyman Pictures on Jul 10, 2013

August 2010

32 years after Argentina’s military dictatorship, a heartbreaking legacy emerges. Hundreds are discovering that their ‘parents’ are impostors, responsible for the kidnap and murder of their real parents.

When thousands of political opponents disappeared in the 1970s, relatives were left distraught. “We only want to know where our children are!” – a woman cries in a crowded street rally where sobbing women hold up pictures of the disappeared. Around 5000 were taken to ‘ESMA’ – a secret prison where torture and murder were common crimes. Yet it’ s only recently that the theft of children and babies of pregnant captives has come to light: “We never imagined this was a systematic plan, executed in a perverse manner”, says Estella of the ‘Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo’. They work to recover ‘lost children’ like Huan, who thinks the man who raised him beat him because “every time he looked at me he would revisit the horror of his crime”. He now fights for DNA testing to become compulsory. The children of wealthy media magnate Ernestina Herrera de Noble, may not wish to take part in the inquiry, but “the justice system is obliged to solve the crime”. And for the lucky ones who still have relatives alive, reunion after 32 years is the most powerful revelation of an unbreakable bond: “it was almost the most beautiful feeling I’ve ever had in my life”.

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5 Responses

  1. And Chris, why is this so ? I suggest the foolish incredible concentration of governmental power in Washington,D.C. . The only way to prevent these abuses of power is to go to the source of the power and begin there. Until individual states reclaim their rightful authority from our federal government we will continue to see more of the same abuses. Our federal government will NEVER prosecute itself. It is silly to hope so. Expecting them to ever prosecute themselves is like asking a poorly baked apple pie to fix itself,,, it just ain’t happening brother ! Holder WANTED to go after the Bush Boys in federal court ! “Mr. change You Can Believe In” said hell no. Cases must somehow find a way into other courts if any of these folks are to be prosecuted,, and I’m no lawyer,, but there must be a way ! Perhaps some very intelligent state initiated cases to protect citizens rights being protected from the abuses of federal authority. Know anyone who wants to start one ? This will require one hell of a lawyer ! Where is Perry Mason when we really need him ?!

  2. Tragic story, never to be forgotten.

    Viva Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.

    ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!

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