Maroni, 75, has four children, of whom two were "disappeared"
in 1977 by the Argentine Junta. Their names are Juan Patricio Maroni,
who was 21, and Maria Beatriz Maroni, who was 23 when she was taken.
Maria Beatrizs husband Carlos was also disappeared. Juan Patricio
studied sociology, and Maria Beatriz was a licensed social worker.
Their family was Catholic, and both Juan Patricio and Maria Beatriz
were very religious. Gradually, they became involved in a Peronist
youth movement, which was critical first of Isabel Peronâs government,
and then of the military dictatorship. They were both taken on the
same night, the 5th of April, 1977. Juan Patricio's 11-month-old daughter,
Paula, was left with Enriqueta and her husband, and they raised her.
Enriqueta joined the madres de la plaza in the fall of 1977.
Bellochio, 82, worked as a dress maker. She had 8 children,
one of whom died in infancy. Her fourth child, Irene , and her daughters'
husband Rolando Pisoni, were disappeared the 5th of August, 1977.
Her daughter was in her third year of studying architecture at the
University of Buenos Aires, her husband was in his fourth year of
engineering at the same school. The daughter worked at the Banco de
Galicia in B.A., where she was a union representative. A year and
a half prior to her disappearance, someone went looking for her at
the bank where she worked. She managed to escape, and never went back
to work and she went into hiding, and subsequently got pregnant. She
gave birth to the baby (Carlos) in a hospital where she had
been assured she would be safe by a friend who worked there. 36 days
after the birth of her only son, Irene and Rolando were found and
taken away from where they had been living in hiding. A neighbor was
given the new-born baby carlos and took him to his grandparents, Aurora
and her husband. Aurora raised Carlos as a son. After presenting her
habeus corpus about her daughters disappearance, Aurora gradually
began to run into other mothers of disappeared people, at church and
at the court. Because she was working and also had children still
to raise, she did not have much time to get involved, but eventually
she joined and has become a very active Madre de Plaza de Mayo.
Carmen La Paco , 77. Carmen's daughter Alejandra was 19 years
of age and studying anthropology at the University of Buenos
Aires in the spring of 1997. Her boyfriend was was a history student.
At 11 PM on the night of March 16th, 1977, Carmen, her nephew,
her daughter Alejandra and her boyfriend were sitting around
the table drinking coffee , when a knock came on the door and a group
of 9 or 10 armed thugs barged into the house. With the exception of
Carmen's mother, they were all taken to the basement of the Club Atletico,
where they were tortured for three days. At one point, Carmen encountered
her own daughter (whom she identified by her shoes, because she was
chained to the ground and could not look up). Her daughter told her
that she had returned from being tortured, and that she thought she
was going to die. That was the last time that she saw her daughter
alive. Carmen says of the experience, those three days, I lived hell.
Hell not only for myself, but for what they did to my daughter.
She and her nephew, a law student, were released together after those
three days. It was a Saturday. Two days later, on Monday, Carmen did
her Habeus Corpus, and she began her fight to find out what had happened
to her daughter.
Lydia 'Taty' Almeida. This charismatic, affable and tireless 74 year
old woman actually comes from a military family: her brother was a
colonel, her father was a colonel. She has three children. Her son
Alejandro was 20 years old when he was disappeared in 1975. She says
that the perception is that disappearances only happened after the
1976 military coup, but that in fact, under the ˜constitutionalâ
government of Isabel Peron 2,000 people were disappeared, and
clandestine torture centers were established. . Alejandro, a medical
student, left his house to go out on the 7th of June, 1975, and he
never returned home. Being anti-Peronista, Taty assumed that it was
the Peronist government that had taken her son, and she rejoiced when
the military coup happened. Then she realized that the disappearances
continued. When the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo formed in 1977, Taty
was hesitant about joining, because she assumed that they would think
she was a spy, because of her family âs military connections.
But after awhile, she did join, and it was "best thing she could
have done." In 1985, she met some of her son âs friends,
who told her that they were alive thanks to Alejandro, who had not
told their names even when he was tortured. Since then, she has met
more of his friends, and she continues to fight. She says, Our struggle
is for memory, truth and justice.