A founding member of the Argentinian disappearances activist group, Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, died on Tuesday, aged 95, having never located her disappeared granddaughter despite a 40 year search.
Maria Isabel Chorobik de Mariani, known as “Chicha” Mariani, helped found the group in response to hundreds, and possibly thousands, of children who were abducted during Argentina’s military dictatorship between 1974 and 1983.
Chicha Mariani’s granddaughter, Clara Anahi was snatched from her parents as a three-month-old. Her parents, Chicha Mariani’s son and daughter-in-law, printers of a leftist magazine and critics of state brutality, were murdered by the regime.
Although the Abuelas managed to reunited 124 formerly abducted children with their families, Chicha Mariani died without having located her granddaughter.