Just read of the final days of an inquiry into the Argentine Military Junta in the 1970’s – we are too used to horror and man’s inhumanity towards man, but the brief article shows the utter depravity of man, but also the downright stubbornness of the mothering instinct.
It was the Mothers of political activists during the Junta who have stubbornly pressed for an inquiry into the State’s theft of babies from political activists, who after they had given birth, were murdered on ‘death flights’ – flown over the Atlantic and tossed out of an aircraft. The sheer brutality os the act in mind numbing, but also the determination of the Mothers of the activists to find out the truth is heartwarming.
I know tales such as these probably pale in insignificance compared to the genocide in Rwanda a few years ago, but it is that an South American State could do such a thing is beyond belief, but then again it beggars belief anyone could do such a thing.
The stength of the Grandmothers, not in forcing the politicians to hold such enquiries is amazing, but to also face their own grief in doing so shows the strength of human love, and bravery.
I don’t believe in the death penalty, but crimes against Children and Women do make me angry, and I am secretly glad I am not a law-maker, or else I would be devising a ‘cruel and unnatural punishment’ which would make worse than the criminals.