BUENOS AIRES — DNA tests have identified a person taken from his mother as a baby by Argentina’s former dictatorship, a rights group said, bringing the number of such cases to 128.
The group, Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, said on Friday that the person, who was identified only as Marcos, is the biological son of a woman named Rosario del Carmen Ramos.
In 1976, Ms. Ramos was kidnapped by former military and police officials in the northwestern province of Tucumán, along with her son, who was 5 months old at the time, and one of his half brothers. Ms. Ramos was never found, and the two boys were taken to separate homes.
Marcos, now 42, found out about his true identity on Thursday night and met with family members. The announcement was made at an emotional news conference attended by two of his half brothers.
“It was an emotional shock,” said Camilo Suleiman, one of Marcos’s half siblings. “We want to know his whole life story in 20 seconds. This is the restitution of 42 years of love that has yet to be lived.”
Officials during the dictatorship have been convicted of organizing the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners who were often executed. About 500 or so newborns were whisked away and raised by surrogate families. Several hundred have yet to be accounted for.
Rights groups estimate that more than 30,000 people were jailed, tortured, killed or forcibly “disappeared” during the dictatorship, which lasted from 1976 to 1983.
Orignially published in NYT.