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The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo:
24 Years of Rocking Argentina and the World

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These are my new heroes!
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They seem innocent enough. There is a group of old women wearing white scarves, just gathered here in Buenos Aires in the Plaza. Yet these sweet little old ladies have been harassed, hurt, arrested, and threatened with death. Some have even disappeared mysteriously. Thank goodness that never happened to my mother!

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These are just a few of the many people who were "disappeared" in Argentina
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Why has this happened? These innocent-looking women have been coming to this Plaza for 24 years to protest what the government did to their kids. Thirty years ago the military took over the government here in Argentina. As part of keeping control of the people, they kidnapped and killed about 30,000 people. And these women are some of their mothers. Their kids were already grown up, but a mother doesn’t care how old her child is, the love keeps going.

After protesting for so long, they’re famous! They aren’t much like the Spice Girls, but I think they're my new heroes, so I wanted their autographs. We started talking with some of them. One of them told me, "It was very hard." "When our children disappeared, we did not know what to do. When we went to the police looking for information, they said, 'Who is your son? Well, forget about him.'"

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Kavitha at the office of the Madres
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Like any mother, she refused to forget about him. "He was 35 years old, and he was a doctor," she told me proudly.

These Mothers want answers as to what happened to their children, and they want those responsible for the kidnappings to be brought to justice.

One of them explained that the white handkerchiefs they wear on their heads are actually their kids’ old cloth diapers (clean, of course)! They all wrote the names of their kids and the date they disappeared on the diapers to help get attention.

Well, they don't have a hit single, and I don't think I'm going to start dressing like them. Still, I know that the Madres de Plaza de Mayo are my newest heroes.

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