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Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo present identity of the 115th grandchild

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo''s head Estela de Carlotto holds a mic after announcing the finding of Ana Libertad joined by other members of the group celebrating the news with the "V" sign.

Human rights organization The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo today revealed the identity of the 115th grandchild to be reunited with their families after being taken from birth parents during the military dictatorship of 1976-83.

In an act held in the Grandmothers' offices in Buenos Aires city by leader Estela de Carlotto, it was announced that the grandchild found is Ana Libertad, granddaughter of one of the Grandmothers first leaders, Alicia Zubasnabar "Licha" de la Cuadra, and son of Héctor Carlos Baratti and Helena de la Cuadra, who were kidnapped in February, 1977. At the time of their disappearance, Helena was five months pregnant.

“We feel a great joy to have such good news only days after our last announcement,” De Carlotto, who recovered her own grandchild on August 5, told reporters during the press conference.

“Licha [de la Cuadra] searched for her granddaughter until she passed away in 2008. Sadly, she couldn’t live to hug her, but Ana Libertad has still got two families to reunite with, on her fathers side and on her mothers side,” De Carlotto said.

This was the first case of a recovered grandchild under direction of the Government’s Special Appropriation Unit, which took over the investigation after a complaint issued in CONADI (National Committee for the Right to Identity) in 2013.

DNA samples to determine the identity of Ana Libertad were collected in the Netherlands and sent to the National Genetic Data Bank.

Helena de la Cuadra gave birth on June 16, 1977, while being held in the 5th police department of La Plata city in Buenos Aires.

She and her husband Héctor were part of the Communist-Marxist Party and were kidnapped by the La Plata police. Héctor’s remains were found and identified by the special forensic units while Helena continues disappeared.

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