The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo organization celebrated this Friday the eighth anniversary of the reunion between its head, Estela de Carlotto, and her grandson, Ignacio Montoya Carlotto, who remembered that moment as “a door” that opened so that “a story” could be told.
“Eight years after the meeting that shook Argentina and the world, we celebrate the force of truth. We hug you once again, dear @montoyacarlotto. For many more meetings, many more truths, let’s continue building #Identity,” Abuelas de Plaza published. de Mayo on his Twitter account, along with a photograph of both.
On August 5, 2014, Abuelas announced at a press conference that after 36 years of searching, Estela de Carlotto had found her grandson. It was the restitution of the grandson 114Ignacio Montoya Carlotto, son of Laura Carlotto and Walmir Oscar Montoya and grandson of the president of the Association.
The young man, who had doubts about his identity, had communicated by email with the Grandmothers to find out his origin, and thanks to the intervention of the National Commission for the Right to Identity (Conadi) and the National Genetic Data Bank ( BNDG) his identity could be restored.
“Eight years ago a door opened before me, behind which a story was waiting to be told,” expressed Montoya Carlotto in his networks, who was born on June 26, 1978 in the Buenos Aires town of La Plata and who lived for years in the town of Olavarría with the marriage that appropriated him.
About that moment, the grandson of the head of Grandmothers recalled: “The names that were there, figured as foreign before, were those of my parents and my own.”
The 114th grandson, of the 130 who were identified and restituted by Abuelas since the return of democracy, detailed the course of his life since he learned what his identity was. “That which immediately came, was really worthy of the story behind that door, I was news first, expectation later, potential ‘many things,'” he said.
Despite having received “threats of all kinds and caliber” and having been victims of “operations, fake news and orders”, Montoya Carlotto stressed that from that day on “a barrage of simple and much more powerful things” began in his life.
“Two huge families, who with the greatest possible patience have known how to do and redo with me all the time. Friends of years who have walked these paths by my side, saying little and doing a lot”; highlighted the 44-year-old musician.
Along these lines, he emphasized that in “the middle of the storm” he was able to “make a home” and raise a family so that “the sun rises from within.”
“Make music and more music. Make miles and new friends. Trace relationships, the easy ones and the hard ones. Understand and be understood,” he concluded.