05.08.2014

Estela de Carlotto: “I didn’t want to die without hugging him”

The leader of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced the recovery of his grandson Guido and thanked the work of the National DNA Data Bank in the search and analysis of genetic information for the restitution of identity.

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The president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, announced the restitution of the identity of her grandson Guido.

This afternoon, the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, announced the restitution of the identity of her grandson Guido in a press conference held at the headquarters of the institution. Guido is the 114th. missing grandson to be found "I have my 14 grandchildren with me. I have everything I have ever searched and everything we have ever searched. Life gives me this greatest joy", said the head of the agency, who searched for her grandson for more than three decades.  "I did not want to die without hugging him", she said excitedly.

The president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo acknowledged the work of the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao and Victor Penchaszadeh in the National DNA Data Bank (BNDG)

Guido is the son of Laura Carlotto, abducted and murdered during the military dictatorship. He was born in captivity at the military hospital in Buenos Aires on June 26, 1978, according to surviving witnesses. The 114th. grandson presented himself voluntarily to have DNA tests and results were notified today to the Carlotto family. The immunogenetic test determined by 99.99%, that Guido is the son of Laura Guido and Oscar Montoya, who was a mate of the young lady at the time of her abduction. In relation to this new restitution, Estela de Carlotto said "it means reparation to him, to the family and to the nation", and she added that "this is a victory for Argentine, is a victory for everybody".

The president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo acknowledged the work of the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao and Victor Penchaszadeh in the National DNA Data Bank (BNDG) who also attended the press conference. De Carlotto highlighted the work of the BNDG, saying that "it is unique in the world and improves every day on methodologies, on scientific implementation and all that is relevant to improve that 99, 99%. It would be terrible mistake to be wrong".

Barañao said that "science is of key importance in ensuring this right. Generally, Science is seen as something abstract, but today we can feel how science unites biology with family culture, which is as important as it is passed from generation to generation, not in DNA sequences but stories, values, projects ". In relation to the BNDG, he said: "We are proud to have taken over this entity that is recognized internationally and to which we are giving all the conditions to increase and improve its services.  

The search and identification of sons and/or daughters of missing persons who were kidnapped with their parents or born during the captivity of their mothers are made ​​possible through the work of the National DNA Data Bank (BNDG). This organization assists justice and/or governmental and non-governmental organizations specialized in the genetic identification of the remains of victims of enforced disappearance.  In this opportunity, its cooperation in processing genetic information could solve a familiar search lasting more than three decades. 

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The president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, announced the restitution of the identity of her grandson Guido.

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