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Argentine woman in emotional reunion with grandson snatched by dictatorship 36 years ago

Published on Aug 7, 2014 1:55 PM
Estela Carlotto (centre) the president of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo), celebrates after announcing the recovery of her grandson Guido, the son of her daughter Laura who went missing in 1976, in Buenos Aires on August 5, 2014. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo is an association that seeks to reunite babies stolen during the Argentine military regime with their biological parents or relatives, -- PHOTO: AFP

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - An elderly Argentine woman hugged her long-lost grandson for the first time in four decades on Wednesday in an emotional reunion, thirty-six years after he was snatched by the country's then dictatorship.

The heart-warming scenes came just a day after human rights activist Estela Carlotto, the 83-year-old head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights group, learnt that her grandson Ignacio Hurban, now 36, had been found thanks to DNA testing.

"Guido Montoya Carlotto was happily able to hug his family, which tirelessly searched for him without stopping for 36 years," the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo said in a statement, using the name given to the grandson by his mother.

The "intimate" meeting took place in the afternoon in the city of La Plata, near the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

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