“To give back identity is the most beautiful thing”
Darwinia Gallichio, 1925-2008
We lost one of the good ones today. Darwinia Gallichio was one of the Madres/Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo (Rosario branch)
, the ‘Mothers of the Disappeared’ who had the courage to stand up to a military dictatorship. Her daughter, son in law and seven month old grand-daughter were kidnapped by Argentine Federal police in 1977. The efforts of Darwinia and others like her eventually made international headlines and helped to bring down a government that had ‘disappeared’ over 30,000 people that dared oppose it.
Darwinia lost her daughter and son in law, but found baby Ximena after years of effort. Eventually she gained custody of the child. Ximena is now 32 years old and studying to be a veterinary surgeon in a Buenos Aires university. Darwinia was famous enough in her home city of Rosario to be known simply as ‘Gallichio’, and was awarded the equivalent of freedom of the city for her non-stop efforts to protect the human rights of others.
Que en paz descansa, Darwinia Gallichio.