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Argentinian grandmother to be reunited with grandson 36 years after he was stolen by military junta

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Argentinian grandmother to be reunited with grandson 36 years after he was stolen by military junta

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A leading human rights activist in Argentina is to finally meet her 36-year-old grandson, kidnapped from the family under the country’s right-wing dictatorship in the 1970s.

Estela de Carlotto’s daughter Laura was murdered two months after giving birth to her son in a makeshift jail in 1978.

Describing her joy, she said: “Now I have my 14 grandchildren with me. The empty chair will now have him sitting in it, the empty picture frames will have his photo. I’ve seen his photo, it’s beautiful, he’s an artist, he’s a good guy and he was the one who found me, he searched for me. It’s what the grandmothers have always said, they will look for us as we continue to look for them.”

The military junta stole hundreds of babies from their opponents to give to families who sympathised with the dictatorship.

Grandmothers of the Plaza del Mayo work to reunite families, setting up databases of DNA. They have so far found around 110 grandchildren.

About 30,000 Argentines were murdered during the military rule.