Photo of marching women of the disappeared from cinemaopolis.org
For this year’s Mother’s Day I am posting information about two women’s groups. One started in Argentina back in the mid to late 1970s and was called Plaza de Mayo. I remember reading about the marches of these mothers whose sons had disappeared during the repressive reign of the military dictatorship also named The Dirty War. I also owned a poetry book* that had wonderfully poignant poems about this period of time. Here is a quote from global security.org website:
The Dirty War, from 1976-1983, was a seven-year campaign by the Argentine government against suspected dissidents and subversives. Many people, both opponents of the government as well as innocent people, were “disappeared” in the middle of the night. They were taken to secret government detention centers where they were tortured and eventually killed. These people are known as “los desaparecidos” or “the disappeared.”
Thus the other name for these women who still march for their missing sons is also called Mothers of the Disappeared. Recently BBC TV had an update of mothers, some of whom are in their 70s and 80s, still seeking justice. If you go to the global security website and search for The Dirty War, you will find a great deal of information about that time and these courageous mothers.
Below is a photo from another website: womeninworldhistory.com. There is a great deal of information on the organization that is worth investigating, if only to show their continued persistence to reap justice from this terrible time in Argentinian history.This website also has statements from the mothers themselves. Here is just one of the powerful statements:
“One of the things that I simply will not do now is shut up. The women of my generation in Latin America have been taught that the man is always in charge and the woman is silent even in the face of injustice…Now I know that we have to speak out about the injustices publicly. If not, we are accomplices. I am going to denounce them publicly without fear. This is what I learned.”
María del Rosario de Cerruti
To learn more search Mothers of the Disappeared and Plaza de Mayo. Make Mothers Day more meaningful by educating yourself about other mothers’ issues.
*My poetry book was lost in one of my moves, so I searched the Internet and found a site that you might want to investigate that includes tributes to the Disappeared.: