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Mothers in Mourning

Place taken: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Megan Benzschawel '12, Luther College

Program: IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad) - Butler in Mendoza, Argentina, Spring 2011

The Guerra Sucia or "Dirty War," is perhaps the darkest period in Argentine history. It is characterized by extreme repression and severe human rights abuses. During this time, the military junta was responsible for the disappearance of approximately 30,000 left-wing activists (many of them students) who were kidnapped, raped, tortured, and killed. These victims have since become known as los desaparecidos or "the missing ones." The wounds caused by these atrocities are still apparent in the country today. The mothers of the desaparecidos continue to plead for the answers they have yet to receive. Their first vigil was held at Plaza de Mayo in 1977, where they continue to gather every Thursday afternoon. This photograph shows them marching peacefully — begging for answers regarding the fate of their lost loved ones.

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Mothers in Mourning

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Photo by Megan Benzschawel, Luther College