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Hebe de Bonafini, Who Sought Justice for Victims of Argentina’s Dictatorship, Dies at 93

HeadlineNov 21, 2022

In Argentina, human rights icon Hebe de Bonafini died Sunday at the age of 93. Bonafini was one of the founders of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in 1977, after two of her sons were disappeared by Argentine security forces during the country’s brutal U.S.-backed military dictatorship. Bonafini and other mothers of the disappeared led frequent protests in Buenos Aires’s Plaza de Mayo in defiance of the dictatorship, wearing white scarves on their heads, which became a symbol of their struggle. In the decades that followed, they continued to fight for justice for the tens of thousands of people disappeared, tortured and killed during Argentina’s “Dirty War.” In 2016, Bonafini spoke as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo held their 2,000th march.

Hebe de Bonafini: “I think that there are no women like us in the world with the strength in our bellies, in our hearts, in our bodies, with so much responsibility for our children, whom we love, whom we love and whom we continue to defend.”

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