Grandson lost during Argentina’s ‘dirty war’ appears in public with rights group founder

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A provincial music teacher in Argentina is making his first public appearance since he was dramatically identified as the long-sought grandson of the country’s leading human rights activist.

Estela de Carlotto, president of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, and her grandson Ignacio Hurban attend a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday. This week, Carlotto located Hurban, the grandson born to her daughter Laura while in captivity during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Laura was kidnapped and killed by the military in August 1978. Carlotto refers to him as Guido, the name her slain daughter intended to give him.

Ignacio Hurban was identified this week as the grandson of Estela de Carlotto. The activist spent 36 years searching for the child taken from her daughter Laura, who was executed by the military during the country’s “dirty war.”

Hurban and De Carlotto were speaking to the media Friday at the headquarters of the group she founded, Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

De Carlotto led the campaign to find hundreds of children taken from people killed by security forces and given to families who sympathized with the government during the 1976-83 dictatorship.

The circumstances of Hurban’s apparently illegal adoption have not been disclosed.

Geographic location: Argentina

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