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The On Being Project

Children of the Disappeared

The legacy of Argentina’s Dirty War lives on in the children of those who disappeared. We pair their portraits with the poetry of Alicia Partnoy, a survivor from that time and place.

In 1977, Partnoy and her husband “disappeared.” They were abducted by uniformed Argentinean military personnel and imprisoned in the concentration camp La Escuelita (“The Little School”). They were beaten and tortured for the next six months. Ruth, their 18-month-old daughter, was left behind.

In 1999, Zachmann traveled to Buenos Aires to photograph members of HIJOS — an Argentinean organization made up of sons and daughters of exiled, missing, assassinated, and imprisoned parents. The children of “the disappeared” are the youngest generation who are carrying the mantle passed down from the “Grandmothers and Mothers of May Square.”

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