Restitution - April 9th, 2019

Happiness at finding granddaughter 129 who will meet her father and brothers

  • Author: Abuelas
  • Translation:Red Argentina Por El Derecho A La Identidad - Canada/Usa

This is the daughter of Norma Síntora and Carlos Alberto Solsona

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo communicates with great happiness the restitution of a new granddaughter, daughter of Norma Síntora, kidnapped while eight months pregnant, and Carlos Alberto Solsona, with whom she can finally embrace, after almost 42 years.

The family

Norma Síntora was born in Cruz de Eje, Córdoba, on August 9, 1951 where she did primary and secondary school. In 1968 she took all her secondary courses final examinations and with his brother Daniel moved to Córdoba capital to go to the university. Norma began to study electronic engineering. During the admission period to the faculty, in 1968, she met his husband, Carlos Alberto Solsona. Carlos came from studying chemical engineering in Santa Fe and decided to switch to electronics, for which he moved to Córdoba. After a friendship of several years, they became a couple in 1974. In March of 1975 they were married and the following year their first son, Marcos, was born.

Norma and Carlos were active in the Revolutionary Workers ' Party-the People's Revolutionary Army (PRT-ERP for its Spanish name). Her companions called her "la morocha" (the Brunette), "Raquel," "Martha," or "The Turk." Towards the end of 1976, faced with the ferocity of the repression, the couple decided to leave Marcos in the care of her grandparents due to fear fro their lives and began to think of the exile. By then, Norma was in her eighth month of pregnancy.

But the plans couldn't be realized. On May 21, 1977, housed in the home of their fellow militants Isolina Beatriz Rocchi and Rubén Castro, in Moreno, province of Buenos Aires, Norma was kidnapped along with her hosts. The three of them are still missing.

At the time of the abduction, Carlos Alberto was out of the country and, as a result of the abduction, he went into exile. The plan was that the Solsona-Síntora family was to escape the dictatorship and reunited in Spain: Norma with Marcos and her baby - whom they thought to call Pablo, if he was a boy, or Soledad, if she was a girl -, and Carlos, who was already outside Argentina.

Nothing else was known about Norma or the baby born in captivity. It is presumed that, because of the location where they were abducted, the could have been taken to Campo de Mayo, where she would have given birth in one of the maternity wards of that clandestine detention centre. Marcos, Norma and Carlos ' eldest son, grew up with his grandparents, with a truth told slowly, looking at pictures and reading the letters his dad sent him. When he was 10 years old, his paternal grandfather Domingo Solsona took him to meet Carlos and the reunion occurred. Then Carlos became involved with Ana and had another son, Martín.

Very early, Carlos and the grandparents Solsona and Síntora registered their grievance about the baby they were looking for in grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. There are records of the presentations of grandfather Hector Síntora at the chapter of Grandmothers in Cordoba province, where he mentioned the disappearance of his daughter eight months pregnant.

The case

In 2012, through several sources of information received about a young woman who had been registered as biological daughter by a marriage, Grandmothers decided a strategy to resolve the case. The documentation collected showed, among other things, that the birth certificate apocryphal had been signed by a doctor of the Argentine Federal police and that the birth had occurred at home. In 2013, the Grandmothers' Approaching (First Contact) Team, part of their Investigations Unit, contacted the presumed missing daughter who lived abroad to invite her to take the DNA test.

The team made the communication over the phone and remained on it via email. The woman said that in 2014 she would travel to the country to continue discussing the possibility of analysis and was told that the genetic test could also be carried out through the Argentinean consulate. In the absence of a subsequent response, the Investigation Unit informed the presumed granddaughter that her case would be sent to the specialized fiscal unit for child-appropriating cases during State terrorism.

Judge Sergio Torres took the case and, through the diplomatic representation of the country where the woman resides, tried in two opportunities to obtain a DNA sample from her. Faced with her negatives, the Judge sent a warrant to the justice of that country, which refused to make a search to verify the identity of the girl.

In June 2017, someone close to the young woman encouraged her to seek her origin and, then, it was possible to revive the connection. This friend of her, who lives in Argentina, was interviewed by our legal team and Spontaneous Appearance section of our association, to clear doubts and to restore the bridges needed so that she finally agreed to be analyzed.

Two weeks ago the new granddaughter entered the country and, for a notification of Migrations, she appeared in Court on Wednesday, April 3. There, with the intervention of the interdisciplinary team of the National Commission for the Right to Identity (CONADI for its Spanish acronym), she agreed to perform voluntarily the analysis in the National Genetic Data Bank (BNDG, Spanish acronym), which result proved that she is the daughter of Norma Síntora and Carlos Alberto Solsona.

Grandmothers notified her father and her siblings about the meeting, who traveled to Buenos Aires to learn the details of the case. His father Carlos, his brothers Marcos and Martin and his nephews are waiting to hug her and rebuild more than 40 years of history snatched away by the State terrorism. We ask, as we always do when we announce a reunion, that the times and the privacy of the victims and their families be respected so as not to hinder this sensitive and delicate process.

This case reveals the plot of complicity that involves the crime of appropriation of identity and the need for the whole society to commit itself to solve it. The reunion of Carlos with his daughter would not have been possible without the information volunteered by members of the society , could not have been constituted like case if the state had not been committed with the search, and to this is added the accompaniment of his friend that the GU Ió to get the doubts about what the refund implied, the efforts with the consulates of Argentina in other countries, the work of the Fiscal unit of investigation, of the court number 12, of the Conadi, the BNDG and of our collaborators. Each and every one of the links in this chain has made it possible for the #Nieta129 to return home. So we repeat: Break the silence, the time is today, grandchildren and granddaughters are between 39 and 45 years, help to repair the wounds that the dictatorship left us.