By now you’re probably aware that the leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization, Estela de Carlotto, was finally reunited with her grandson, who was born in captivity after Carlotto’s daughter, Laura, was abducted by the military dictatorship in 1977.
Laura’s body was eventually returned to her mother but her grandson was never found, which launched Carlotto into a decades-long quest to find him and bring him back to his original family. Today, thanks to DNA testing, he came back home.
It was a historic day and a huge win for human rights and it’s fair to say that everyone around the country was crying tears of joy.
Turns out that her grandson Guido – who had gone through life as Ignacio Hurban – had doubts about his true identity and decided to approach the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization to have his own DNA crosschecked with the NGO’s database, and see if he was indeed one of the almost 500 babies that were seized by the dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. And this afternoon he found out that not only he was one of those babies, he was also Estela’s grandson.
A few minutes later, once the news hit the media and exploded everywhere, Estela offered a press conference before meeting with him face to face. This was something she had to share with the entire country first.
After so many years, closure. By now, these women who bravely stood against a murderous government and who have so far helped recover over 110 of those babies snatched from their parents, have become a part of Argentine history.
It’s hard to imagine the immense happiness that Estela is going through after so much suffering. And I’m sure eventually she’ll find the time to tell us all about how she felt. For now, let’s give her time to be with her grandson and play catch up. God knows they have a lot to talk about.
Because as La Nacion cartoonist Tute tweeted today after hearing the news: “Long time, no see.”
Are you crying? That’s OK. Everyone else is too.