Remo Carlotto talks to The HeraldWednesday, August 6, 2014
‘We have always dreamed of the day we would meet him’
In February of this year, Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced they had found their 110th grandchild. At the time, Remo Carlotto, Estela Barnes de Carlotto’s son and a ruling Victory Front lawmaker, was there and he said he was “jealous.” He wanted to find his nephew Guido. Yesterday his dream came true and he took a few minutes to talk to the Herald.
How did you learn the news?
My sister Claudia phoned me and then I started phoning the rest of our family. All of us came to Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo headquarters. We have been weeping but we are happy.
A couple of weeks ago, Guido turned 36, is that right?
Yes and in 20 days we’ll be comemorating a new anniversary of Laura’s execution. But we are finally reaching the goal that we always dreamed about. That is why we have been fighting. I have been thinking about Laura. She was only 23 when she was murdered.
What about the man who gave Guido to the family who raised him?
We know that it was a civilian who took Guido from the city of La Plata (where Laura was held). The judiciary will have to investigate his links, though he passed away months ago. We need to know who gave Guido to that person. But I think that the couple who raised my nephew acted in good faith.
What’s the next step? When are you going to meet him?
We had a telephone conversation with him. He might need time to reflect. He said he was happy. We want to hug him. We are a big family. We always thought he was there with us and we have always dreamed of the day that we would meet him.
You not only identified Guido but also his father, Laura’s boyfriend...
Laura had a romance while she was a clandestine activist trying to dodge persecution. We investigated his case in the National Commission for the Right to Identity (CONADI) because we used to say that if we did not know his father’s name we could not restitute Guido’s real identity, which is why this is doubly rewarding for us.