Activist grandmother Estela Carlotto finds the grandson junta stole 36 years ago

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2014, 8:17pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 7:37pm


An Argentine grandmother whose rights group has fought to find babies stolen during the 1976-83 military dictatorship finally found her long-lost grandson, 36 years after he was snatched from his mother.

Estela Carlotto, 83, the leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo group, was told on Tuesday that her dead daughter's missing son had been found after DNA tests confirmed the man's identity.

"I thank all of you, God and life, because I didn't want to die without hugging him," Carlotto said at her organisation's headquarters, surrounded by her colleagues, three surviving children, 14 other grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The white-haired grandmother said she could not wait to finally meet her missing grandson, who was taken from his mother, Laura, after she gave birth while detained during the dictatorship's "dirty war" against leftists.

"I want to touch him, look at him," Carlotto said, adding that she learned that her grandson was "an artist, a musician like many of his cousins".

Laura Carlotto, a leftist militant, was three months pregnant when she was taken to a prison camp by the regime in 1977. She gave birth on June 26, 1978, while in captivity. She had named the boy Guido but was killed two months after he was born. Her body was later handed to her mother.

The baby was handed to a "family that raised him well, maybe innocently," Carlotto said.