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Argentina DNA - by Martin Acosta

?I approached the Grandmothers in 2003. I couldn?t handle my life any more, my uncertainty, my depressions.? ..Juan Cabandié was born in March 1978 at the Clandestine Detention Center at the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA). His parents, Damian Cabandié and Alicia Alfonsín, were members of the Montoneros and were kidnapped from their house in the 600 block of Solis street and were imprisoned at the Banco and Atlético detention centers. Alicia was five and a half months pregnant and was moved to the ESMA in order to give birth. Damián and Alicia remain disappeared to this day. ..?I was born inside here. The fifteen days here during which my mother nursed me and gave me a name, were long enough for me to tell my friends, before knowing who my family was, before knowing my history, that I wanted to call myself Juan.? Those were the words of Juan, at a massive rally in front of ESMA on March 24, 2004, when he already knew that he was Juan. Up until a few months prior he had still called himself Mariano, the name he was given by Luís Falco, the intelligence agent from the Federal Police that had taken Juan as his own...?With a false identity you can?t get very far, something is always missing. You are looking for something but you don?t know what it is.? ......City of Buenos Aires, February 5, 2005: Juan Cabandié and his grandmother Yole Oppezzo.....Damián Cabandié, kidnapped November 23, 1977...Alicia Alfonsín, kidnapped November 23, 1977...

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?I approached the Grandmothers in 2003. I couldn?t handle my life any more, my uncertainty, my depressions.? ..Juan Cabandié was born in March 1978 at the Clandestine Detention Center at the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA). His parents, Damian Cabandié and Alicia Alfonsín, were members of the Montoneros and were kidnapped from their house in the 600 block of Solis street and were imprisoned at the Banco and Atlético detention centers. Alicia was five and a half months...
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Headline: MARTIN ACOSTA
Author: Martin Acosta


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