December 22, 2014
Guido's paternal grandmother: 'It is a reparation for Argentina'
Ignacio Hurban is not only the grandson of Estela de Carlotto, the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights organization. In the southern province of Santa Cruz there is 91-year-old Hortensia Arduras, the mother of the father of Guido – that is the name his mom Laura chose for him when he was born in captivity after being kidnapped by the military during Argentina’s dark years.
“He is exactly the same as his father. It can’t be denied he is the son of my son. Seeing him was like seeing my son,” Hortensia told reporters this morning, less than a day after the world echoed the news about the finding of another grandchildren the grandmothers have been looking for over the past 37 years. Guido is their number 114.
“We receive this with an immense joy. I want to see him, hug him, know he is my grandson,” Ms. Arduras added. It was her other son Jorge Montoya who told her yesterday Ignacio, now Guido, was her grandson.
“Guido’s father was named Walmis Oscar. He was my first son. It is a very long story, very sad,” Hortensia said considering her grandson’s finding “an act of reparation for Argentina.”
In 1977, Walmis Oscar Montonya was living in the Buenos Aires province capital city of La Plata where he attended university. “Puño” – “fist” as he was called -, was part of the Montoneros political organization. That year, Guido’s father was kidnapped and killed by the security forces responding to the then ruling military junta responsible for the forced disappearance and murder of 30,000 people here.