Argentine rights activists find woman taken by dictatorship as baby
Argentine human rights activists have informed a woman of her true indentity after she was illegally taken from her parents at birth by officials of Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship, the organization Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo confirmed Wednesday, the dpa reported.
Laura Diaz, whose parents were among the 30,000 opponents of the regime who rights groups say went missing during the dictatorship, was the 90th person taken from parents discovered by the group.
Organization president Estela de Carlotto told Argentine state news agency Telam that Diaz is the daughter of Silvia Dameri and Orlando Ruiz. The couple was kidnapped along with their children, Marcelo and Maria de las Victorias, in 1980 as they returned to Argentina after a three-year exile in Switzerland.
Dameri was then five months pregnant and gave birth in the maternity ward at the clandestine detention centre of the Navy's School of Mechanics (ESMA) in Buenos Aires.
The baby was taken by former navy official Antonio Azic, who is currently under arrest in connection with the investigation of the theft of babies during the dictatorship.
In 1990, the disappeared couple's oldest son, Marcelo, was found in the central Argentine province of Cordoba, where he had lived since he was four with a family who did not know where he came from.
In 2000, the Grandmothers found his sister Maria de las Victorias, who had been adopted by a family with no connections to the regime.
The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo seek to establish the true identity of children illegally taken from their families during the dictatorship. They also hope to assist them in building a relationship with their blood relatives.
However, their success in doing so depends largely on the complex reactions of the now-adult victims. Some of the young people affected choose to stay with their adoptive parents, while one went as far as to personally sue her adoptive parents.