- Title: Argentina's Grandmothers activist group finds 121st "stolen" grandchild
- Date: 5th October 2016
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (OCTOBER 05, 2016) (REUTERS) MEMBERS OF THE GRANDMOTHERS OF THE PLAZA DE MAYO AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS BEFORE NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 20th October 2016 20:02
- Keywords: Argentina Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Dirty War Estela de Carlotto human rights
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA00152QCE2R
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The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced they had identified the 121st "grandchild" who was snatched from his mother shortly after birth 40 years ago.
The Grandmothers group works to reunite families who were separated during Argentina's Dirty War, mostly by using DNA samples to identify the true identities of babies who were born while their mothers were imprisoned by the 1976 to 1983 military government.
"The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have the immense joy to announce that we have found the 121st grandson, son of Ana Maria Lanzilloto and Domingo "el Gringo" Menna who were both members of the Workers' Revolutionary Party and the People's Revolutionary Army," De Carlotto said.
Relatives of the identified man, now 40-years-old, were on hand at the announcement including the man's biological brother, Ramiro Menna and aunt, Alba Lanzilloto.
"Very important steps are being taken for the fight, the fight that has always been for emancipation, for justice, for the disappearance of our parents, the lost identities of our brothers and sisters, our cousins, our nieces and nephews, to whomever they are, they've been part of the fight, there have been many painful moments, maybe even defeats, and this is a victory," Menna said of his brother's discovery.
Ana Maria Lanzilloto was eight months pregnant when she and Menna were imprisoned by the government during its notoriously violent clamp down on leftists, local media reported.
It is believed her son was taken from her not long after she gave birth while still held captive.
About 30,000 Argentines were murdered during military rule from 1976 to 1983.
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