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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Argentina: Abuelas co-founder Delia Giovannola dies

Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) – Delia Giovanola, one of the founders of Plaza de Mayo’s grandmother and who managed to find her grandson who was born in captivity and kidnapped during the previous Argentine military dictatorship, died on Monday at the age of 96 Died, the organization reported that the Organization of Human Rights.

Giovanola devoted a large part of his life to searching for the children of detainees born in detention centers, who were kidnapped and transferred to people belonging to the military regime and those who ruled between 1976 and 1983. was.

The activist, who co-founded the humanitarian organization in 1977, had the privilege of meeting in 2015 her grandson Martin, the son of George Oscar Ogando—who lost Givanola to military repression—and his partner Stella Maris. Montesano had also disappeared. , The young man lived in Miami (United States) and involuntarily approached the humanitarian organization with doubts about his identity.

Martin was born on 5 December 1976 in the Pozo de Banfield Detention Center, south of the Argentine capital. There her mother gave birth to a child which happened in the kitchen; He was handcuffed, blindfolded and placed on top of a metal sheet. Two days later, her child was taken away from her, which was sold to a married couple.

Giovanola learns of the fate of his son and daughter-in-law and the birth of his grandson, soon after the end of the dictatorship, through the testimony of a survivor of the Well of Banfield.

The humanitarian organization recalled that Giovanola was “full of vitality and enthusiasm until her last breath”, that she was witty, of conviction and was the last of the group’s 12 founding grandmothers to survive.

“Delia gave everything to this institution. We still don’t realize it’s gone, but the emptiness we feel is huge. A fighting woman is gone,” Abulas said in a statement. He did not give details of the cause and place of death.

Government, political and human rights leaders condoled his death.

“Mother and grandmother of Plaza de Mayo, an example of resistance, commitment and teaching to all of us. We will never forget her and we will continue to fight for her forever,” said Horacio Pietragalla, Secretary of Human Rights and who founded the Humane Organization in 2003 Became the 75th grandson to be reinstated by.

The photo of Giovanola holding a piece of cardboard that read “Malvinas are Argentina, also disappeared” traveled the world. The picture was taken by a journalist during one of the periodic marches of mothers and grandmothers to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, demanding the fate of those who disappeared on islands located during the dictatorship and in the midst of the war with Great Britain. Had been. South Atlantic..

“The city of Buenos Aires was plastered with stickers that said ‘Malvinas are Argentina’ and ‘Argentinas are rights and humans.’ It was so angry to see the city like this and no one talked about the mothers and grandmothers who had been walking around the plaza for six years, that I came home and angrily wrote on a piece of cardboard: ‘Malvinas are Argentines ‘Vanished too,'” Giovannola once said.

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