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Argentina DNA - by Martin Acosta

Cocó was born September 2, 1977 at the Pozo de Bánfield detention center. A month and a half earlier she was kidnapped in José C. Paz by a police/military task force, along with her mother, her father and her one-and-half year old sister María. Cocó had not yet been born and had only been in her mother?s womb for eight months...When the Grandmothers began to track down Cocó, the couple that had taken her as their own?assistant intelligence officer with the Buenos Aires police Teresa González and Nelson Rubén?began to evade the pressure by constantly moving. They told her that the constant moving was due to the danger involved in Teresa?s work. ..It was 1987 and Cocó found herself on her way to court, on a plane from Mar del Plata, where she had been located. She daydreamed about the clouds. Are they made of cotton or smoke? she wondered. ..She didn?t understand anything about what was going on. Why were these people taking her away from her family and bringing her meet another family?  Her family. She began to think about her new parents...When she got to court she was introduced to her real family members. Haydee kissed her and told her how much they had looked for her. ?I didn?t understand even the half of it, I didn?t want to hear it, and on top of that, they showed me all of the old folks and they didn?t show me my parents.?  ..María was returned to her family ten years after the kidnapping in José C. Paz on that 20th of July of 1977. But Cocó?s parents, the parents she has been asking for since she was told the truth, remain disappeared.......City of Buenos Aires, November 4, 2005: María José Lavalle Lemos and her grandmother Haydee Vallino de Lemos.....Gustavo Lavalle, kidnapped July 20, 1977...Mónica Lemos, kidnapped July 20, 1977.............

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Cocó was born September 2, 1977 at the Pozo de Bánfield detention center. A month and a half earlier she was kidnapped in José C. Paz by a police/military task force, along with her mother, her father and her one-and-half year old sister María. Cocó had not yet been born and had only been in her mother?s womb for eight months...When the Grandmothers began to track down Cocó, the couple that had taken her as their own?assistant intelligence officer...
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Headline: MARTIN ACOSTA
Author: Martin Acosta


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