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Stolen Baby Reunited With Relatives 40 Years Later

A woman who was taken from her mother as a newborn 40 years ago has been reunited with relatives.

The woman, who has been referred to as Adriana in news reports, was identified after she took a DNA test. The results matched DNA of her parents who disappeared under Argentina's military rule. It is understood Adriana was able to be reunited with relatives through the work of campaign group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

Adriana was brought up by a couple who had died but it was only after their death that someone told her she was not their biological child. She then got in touch with the Grandmothers and no match was found in the database for four months until she received a call from the National Commission for the Right to Identity (CONADI) telling her they had information they would like to give her in person. She was later told about her parents.

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Adriana's parents met as engineering students in the city of La Plata, where they were also active in a left-wing student group. Her mother was detained by the military in Argentina in December 1976 when she was eight months pregnant.

Adriana was subsequently born in captivity in January 1977.

Her father was detained a month later while he was searching for his missing partner and child.

Adriana's parents, who were 21 and 23 years old at the time, were never seen again. They are just two of some 30,000 people who disappeared during military rule.


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"A woman who was taken from her mother as a newborn 40 years ago has been reunited with relatives."