He is now the 109th grandchild recovered by the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo since 1983. There are still about 400 missing children born in captivity from disappeared political prisoners and adopted illegally by military families and their friends. By Fernando Andres Torres. LatinOPen
Missing child of disappeared political prisoners found.
August 7, 2013.- In a press conference held today in Buenos Aires, Argentina, The organization Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced that they have found and identified a person who as a baby was kidnapped from his parents who were political prisoners during the so-called Dirty War (1976-1983).
Estela de Carlotto, President of the organization announced “with great happiness the restitution of the identity of Pablo Germain Athanasiú Laschan”, son of Chilean revolutionaries Frida Laschan Athanasiú Mellado and Angel Athanasiú Jara, both refugees from neighboring Chile where they were members of the Chilean Movement of the Revolutionary Left.
Lifting a picture of a baby de Carlotto said “so was the child when he was snatched from his mother’s arms”. The baby was born October 29, 1975 and on April 16, 1976, the couple and little Pablo were kidnapped from an hotel in a raid by security forces as part of Operation Condor; a coordination campaign by Latin American’s secret police that kidnapped and killed hundreds of people, condoned and supported by the U.S.’s Henry Kissinger.
The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo is a Human Rights organization created by fourteen relatives of missing political prisoners in 1977 during the military dictatorship of commander Jorge Videla.
Pablo Athanasiu, now 38, was contacted in April this year, “and about a month ago, agreed to take the immunogenic test that determined, at 99.99 percent, his link to the Athanasiu Laschan family.” He is now the 109th grandchild recovered by the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo since 1983. According to the organization, there are still about 400 missing children born in captivity from disappeared political prisoners and adopted illegally by military families and their friends.
In July 2012, nine former military officials were convicted of carrying out a plan for appropriation of children snatched from their prisoner parents. Among those convicted was former dictator Videla, who died in May 2013.