Kidnapped Grandson of Head of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Found

Estela35 year-old Ignacio Hubert is now Guido Carlotto. He is married and live in the city of Olavarria; south of Buenos Aires. “I didn’t want to die without hugging him,” said de Carlotto in a emotional but happy news conference. “All the picture frames will now hold his pictures.” De Carlotto also said she always dreamed about the day this press conference would become a reality. By Fernando Andres Torres. LatinOpen.org

Kidnapped Grandson of Head of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Found

August 5, 2014. According to a report by Argentina’s newspaper Clarin, the missing grandson of the President of the historic and respected Human Rights organization Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, was found.

In a press conference today, the news was corroborate by Guido Carlotto, Human Right official for the Buenos Aires Province and the son of Estela. “After 35 years (of searching) we have found my nephew. The compatibility (of the DNA test) is of 99.9%. (Two months ago) he went for the test voluntarily because he had some doubts about his identity,” said Guido Carlotto.

35 year-old Ignacio Hubert is now Guido Carlotto. He is married and live in the city of Olavarria; south of Buenos Aires. “I didn’t want to die without hugging him,” said de Carlotto in a emotional but happy news conference. “All the picture frames will now hold his pictures.” De Carlotto also said she always dreamed about the day this press conference would become a reality.

Laura Estela Carlotto

Laura Estela Carlotto

Estela de Carlotto’s daughter Laura Estela, a Montoneros militant, was kidnapped by the secret political police when she was three months pregnant. Missing while being held as political prisoner, Laura was kept alive until she gave birth on June 26, 1978, in Buenos Aire’s Military Hospital. The next day she was “transferred” to the clandestine torture center (known in the US as a “black site”) La Cacha in Buenos Aires. She never did arrived as she was executed on the way. Later, in an atypical,move, her body was returned to her family. The baby abducted.

According to documents dug out by the National Security Archive, the United States then led by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger approved and supported the Argentinean military regime’s vicious Dirty War which kidnapped at birth more than 500 babies from missing political prisoners.

After join the organization in 1979, De Carlotto has been the President of the Association of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo since 1989. In 1984 the Association found its first missing grandchild. In 1987 it achieved the formation of the National Genetic Data Bank for Relatives of Disappeared Children and in 1992 the National Commission for the Right of Identity was created to help those with doubts about their identity or the nature of their adoptions. On December, 2009, de Carlotto herself announced the recovery of the 100th grandchild.

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