After a search that’s taken almost 40 years, Chicha Mariani has at last been reunited with her granddaughter, Clara.
They tried to convince me that you were killed along with your mother, but I knew you were alive.
Clara was one of Argentina’s “Stolen babies” – children snatched by the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1976 to 1983.
Chicha founded the Grandmothers of May Square in 1977 to help find those missing children. She also kept attention on Clara’s case through a series of open letters.
“They tried to convince me that you were killed along with your mother, but I knew you were alive,” she wrote in one letter last March.
Babies born in captivity to political prisoners or, like Clara, orphaned by assassinations, were given to families sympathetic to the regime.
Clara is the 120th child to be identified. An estimated 400 other children are still missing. And their grandmothers – many now in their 80s and 90s – are still searching.