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Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, 96-year-old founding member of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Juanita Pargament, lost her son Alberto during the military dictatorship in 1976. Alberto Pargament was a 31-year-old doctor who helped those less fortunate in Argentine society. Because of his social work, Alberto was "disappeared" along with 30,000 other Argentines between the years 1976-1983, a time known as the Dirty War.

Wearing their trademark white shawls, the Mothers march once a week in the name of their disappeared children to Plaza de Mayo, which is located in front of Casa Rosada, Argentina's Presidential Palace. Juanita Pargament wants to keep the memory of her son and 30,000 other children alive by calling for the prosecution of all those responsible for the dictatorship-era disappearances.

This is the story of how a group of Argentine Mothers turned their movement into a revolution.


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