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Argentina: Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo find 130th missing grandchild

Argentina, Buenos Aires
June 13, 2019 at 22:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 130th child who went missing during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ was re-united with his uncle by the human rights organisation Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, announced the return of Javier Matias Darroux Mijalchuk, who was adopted by another family after being separated from his parents. She told reporters "This is a struggle that has given us positive results - the meeting of this dear grandson 130.”

Javier Matias Darroux Mijalchuk is the son of Elena Mijalchuk and Juan Manuel Darrou, who both disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Photos of the couple were held up throughout the conference.

Mijalchuk expressed the joy of being re-united with his uncle, saying: “The restitution of my identity is for me a tribute to my parents, a caress in the soul, a symbol of memory, truth and justice.” He explained his focus would now shift to searching for a sibling he suspects may exist.

"I'm still looking for a brother or sister, I do not know if he was born when he was born, that's the importance that this moment has for me," he said.

According to the Grandmothers of de Plaza de Mayo, approximately 500 babies were abducted throughout the military dictatorship, which lasted from 1976-1983.

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The 130th child who went missing during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ was re-united with his uncle by the human rights organisation Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, announced the return of Javier Matias Darroux Mijalchuk, who was adopted by another family after being separated from his parents. She told reporters "This is a struggle that has given us positive results - the meeting of this dear grandson 130.”

Javier Matias Darroux Mijalchuk is the son of Elena Mijalchuk and Juan Manuel Darrou, who both disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Photos of the couple were held up throughout the conference.

Mijalchuk expressed the joy of being re-united with his uncle, saying: “The restitution of my identity is for me a tribute to my parents, a caress in the soul, a symbol of memory, truth and justice.” He explained his focus would now shift to searching for a sibling he suspects may exist.

"I'm still looking for a brother or sister, I do not know if he was born when he was born, that's the importance that this moment has for me," he said.

According to the Grandmothers of de Plaza de Mayo, approximately 500 babies were abducted throughout the military dictatorship, which lasted from 1976-1983.

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