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Weekly Photo: Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

by Elena on April 14, 2010

Abuelas de Plaza de MayoEvery Thursday you will find women with white scarves tied around their heads marching around the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.  The white scarves symbolize baby blankets, in memory of the lost children of the Dirty War.  During this war, people mysteriously “disappeared,” and were often tortured and then killed.  The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo met in an effort to find their missing sons and daughters.  The mothers have since turned into grandmothers, and while the motives have changed over the years, you can be certain to see women marching on Thursday.Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo

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The Jetpacker April 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

We went to their march when we visited Buenos Aires. It really brought life to something I briefly heard about our in school. Seeing the mothers grasping pictures of their children, holding onto hope that they may one day return, was heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time. But I can’t help thinking how strange it is that a group of people marching in remembrance of their lost children and to raise awareness of a dark time in Argentina’s history has become a tourist attraction.

Elena April 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

Yeah it is strange to consider a once emotionally charged movement and landmark is now a tourist attraction. There is always that divide while traveling, because no matter how hard we may try to blend in and be a part of the culture, ultimately we are outsiders looking in. Nevertheless I am always grateful to be an onlooker. Even the Mothers de Plaza de Mayo movement has changed dramatically, taking a more political edge, something I found so strange while listening to many of the speakers. There was no focus on lost children (most have come to terms with the fact that the children were killed some even given up for adoption) but rather the politics of Argentina and the Spanish world.

Andy Hayes | Sharing Travel Experiences April 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Wow – great photos. Must be quite the sight to see – thanks for sharing the story. Will keep in mind when I head to BsA, hopefully next week.

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