BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – Argentina’s organization Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced Wednesday the identity of a new grandson — number 132 — the son of a rural worker murdered during the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) and Illegally adopted by a landlord. ,
Identified as Juan Jose, 46, it is the second case of identity restoration the grandmothers have achieved in less than a week, something unprecedented since they have reunited 500 grandchildren since the return of democracy in 1983. was discovered.
The federal court informed the grandmothers this Wednesday that “the grandson 132 is not the son of the family that raised him as their own in Tucumán, the owners of a ranch where his mother, Mercedes del Valle Morales, who was arrested in 1976 was carried out and disappeared, worked in the same province ”, informed Estella de Carloto, president of the organization, at a press conference.
Juan José was nine months old when a military operation abducted Mercedes, then 21 years old, on May 20, 1976, in Monteros, Tucuman province, 1,200 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, a region close to the military and organizations The beach was the center of violent confrontation. Guerrilla in the 70s.
Besides the young woman, her parents Toribia Romero de Morales and José Ramón Morales and her three brothers José Silvano Morales, Juan Ceferino Morales and Julio César Morales were also abducted. According to the calculations of human rights organizations, in all there are 30,000 victims of the dictatorship on the list.
Juan José was raised as his own by the owner of the ranch, whose identity was not revealed. After the appropriator’s death, the foster brothers told her that she was adopted and returned her original identification document.
As detailed by de Carloto, Juan José voluntarily underwent DNA analysis, which confirmed their affiliation after comparing them to samples taken from Mercedes’ remains, which had been discovered by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology in the northern cemetery of Tucumán. Recognized by the team.
“I always had doubts,” said Juan Jose, who attended the press conference from Tucumán via a video call. “I want to express my gratitude to Abuelas”.
The man does not know who is his biological father.
“Today we embrace him as our grandson 132 and like a puzzle that never ends, a new path begins to be able to find his real father,” said De Carloto.
The plan to exterminate dissidents set up by the bloody regime in Argentina involved the abduction, concealment and identity substitution of hundreds of missing children, who were handed over to the military or relatives for their illegal adoptions.
Dictator Jorge Rafael Videla and other members of the armed forces were sentenced for this crime against humanity, as well as health professionals who had assisted the deliveries in the secret detention centres.
Last Thursday, Abuelas announced the reinstatement of Grandson 131, who is suspected to have been born at the Army Mechanics School (ESMA), one of the regime’s largest secret detention and torture centres.
“I tell Juan José that his family didn’t leave him alone, they were the animals of the dictatorship,” De Carloto said. “From heaven they gave him the opportunity to know who he is.”