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Argentina DNA - by Martin Acosta

Manuel was the only survivor of the San Nicolas house. His mother had taken refuge there after Manuel's father had been kidnapped. But they all died in the raid. His mother, a couple who were her friends and two other children. ..Manuel was inside a cupboard and that is why he was saved, although he was in very bad shape due to the gas fired into the house. Some police took him to the hospital and he was checked in as NO NAME, remaining under police custody for five months. His only visitors were the family of a police officer that had taken him out of the house. They wanted to adopt him but the judge would not allow it and his guardianship was given to the Novoa family...Manuel returned to that house when he went to take flowers to his mother at the San Nicolas ossuary. That is where Ana is buried, after her remains were transferred from an anonymous grave. At the ossuary, there is a commemorative plaque that was put up by the family of the officer that participated in the raid in which his mother was murdered. ..Today Manuel has a wonderful relationship with Matilde and with Gaston, his brother. Although it makes him sad when his grandmother tells him that sometimes it is painful for her to look at him, because it reminds her of her son, he understands.....Guernica, Buenos Aires, September 23, 2001: Manuel Goncalvez with his grandmother Matilde de Goncalvez and his daughter Martina.....Gaston Goncalvez, kidnapped March 24, 1976...Ana María del Carmen Granada, kidnapped November 11, 1976...

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Manuel was the only survivor of the San Nicolas house. His mother had taken refuge there after Manuel's father had been kidnapped. But they all died in the raid. His mother, a couple who were her friends and two other children. ..Manuel was inside a cupboard and that is why he was saved, although he was in very bad shape due to the gas fired into the house. Some police took him to the hospital and he was checked in as NO NAME, remaining under police custody for five months. His only visitors...
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