Growing Up in Pain: Children of the Victims of the Argentinean Dictatorship

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Abstract

Between 1976 and 1983, state terrorism ruled Argentina. After the coup d’état the regime crushed political, social and student organizations – many of which were associated with the guerrillas. As a result, these people were persecuted, incarcerated and exterminated in brutal ways by the military and other members of the Argentine security forces. Many children, whose parents were persecuted and killed, were made prisoners or went into exile. They suffered a similar fate as their parents. Human rights violations during this period had repercussions worldwide. As a result, a great deal of literature was produced at home and internationally. However, little attention has been given to the children who were born in jail, in exile, or went as children into exile with their parents. Yet, despite of their parents’ political involvement they did not become politically active. The aim of this work is to examine how the political persecution of the children’s family members affected their growth and their attitudes toward life in Argentina and in Canada as a place of exile.

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