MOTHER'S DAY IN ARGENTINA WAS NOT
A HAPPY OCCASION
In 1977, a group of brave women whose children disappeared, began peaceful demonstrations, demanding to know where their children were. They wore white scarves and walked in a circle in front of Casa Rosada, the government house, where officials could see them.
At first, they were on their own in the plight to find their children but soon others joined them, and eventually they became the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Their courage, persistence and loyalty to each other made them a worldwide phenomenon.
In the chaos of the seventies, radical group, Montoneros declared that 30,000 persons had been "disappeared" by the military regime. The number spread like wildfire around the world.
Some time ago, Luis Labraña, above, confessed that he made up the number so that the Mothers could get grants from Holland. He was very successful.
The Mothers of Paza de Mayo raked in some $300 million dollars to help families in need. But there was corruption among the association's ranks, and great sums of money were diverted to the personal accounts of some of the members.
The official numbers state that 6,342 persons disappeared during the Dirty War. Graciela Fernandez Meijide (below) is a human rights activist whose 16 year-old son, Pablo, disappeared. She believes that there are 23,652 disappeared who never existed.