Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo head Estela de Carlotto announced yesterday night that the organization has located the 125th grandchild of parents disappeared during the last dictatorship. Carlotto made the announcement at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the organization’s creation.
The person in question is the daughter of Lucía Rosalinda Victoria Tartaglia, was kidnapped on November 27, 1977 in the city of La Plata. She went to law school and was a member of the university’s Peronist Youth Movement. A year after her disappearance, her brother got a letter from her, telling him she had been kidnapped. In another one, she told him he was pregnant and expected to give birth in early 1979. The father’s identity hasn’t been confirmed yet.
“Once more we celebrate the freedom of a new granddaughter who dares to know her truth and encourage everyone who can provide information to do so. Welcome 125th granddaughter to the truth,” Carlotto said.
“Ever since her family knew she was pregnant, they started searching for the boy or girl born in captivity. The [genetic] samples they provided by the National Bank of Genetic Data allowed for her identification 38 years after [the child was born],” she added.
The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo strive to find children born in captivity and illegally abducted during the military dictatorship between 1976-1983. The Grandmothers estimate that over 500 children were given or sold to allies of the dictatorship and created a National Genetic Data Bank in order to identify the taken children using the DNA of the relatives of the victims