Friday, February 04, 2005

Madres de la Plaza de Mayo

Edit: Here is the photo. I had to make it a link because it was messing up the blog format.

Yesterday I saw the demonstration of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, which is an organization of mothers (madres) whose children "disappeared" and are suspected to have been kidnapped and murdered by the dictatorial government in the 70s. This is the only ongoing demonstration against these atrocities. The mothers sometimes hold photos and wear handkerchiefs stitched with the names of their loved ones, called "desaparecidos" or "disappeared ones". They are pretty old now, so often they are called the "Abuelas", which means "Grandmothers", which seems somehow a little bit cruel to me since presumably some of them never got the chance to become grandmothers.

Click on the photo for some other pictures of the demonstration and of Buenos Aires in general. You may have to tilt your head to the side to see them correctly...none of these internet-cafe computers have the necessary software for me to be able to edit the photos on Flickr.

EDIT: this lack of appropriate software also seems to prevent me from posting photos the right size.