Woman taken from parents as a baby is reunited with family in Argentina 40 years later

Nick Reilly
Estela De Carlotto, president of human rights organization Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, greets Adriana, who was taken away from her mother.

A woman who was taken from her mother as a newborn has been reunited with her family in Argentina after help from a leading campaign group.

Adriana, 40, who has asked to withhold her surname, was identified after she took a a DNA test.

When the results came back, it was confirmed that her DNA matched that of her parents, who disappeared under Argentine military rule.

She is the 126th child to be found by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who campaign for the victims of the ‘Dirty War’ – the period in the 1970s/80s when right wing death squads killed left wing activists in Argentina.

Speaking at a press conference, Adriana recalled how she was told that the couple who raised her were not her biological parents after their deaths.

Adriana is reunited with friends and family (

I found out on a Saturday and on the Monday I had already gone to the Grandmothers, I wanted to know if I was the daughter of people who had disappeared, more than anything because of my date of birth’, she said.

She also spoke of how the National Commission for the Right to Identity (CONADI) had told her she was the daughter of Violeta Ortolani and Edgardo Garnier.

Adriana poses in front of a photo of her biological parents

The couple met as engineering students in the city of La Plata, but were separated when Ms Ortolani was detained by the military in December 1976 while eight months pregnant.

Mr Garnier was detained by authorities in 1977 as he searched for his daughter, but neither he or his wife were ever seen again.

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Now, Mr Garnier’s mother has spoken to Adriana on the phone for the first time ever.

‘She is beautiful inside and out and such a personality’, Adriana confirmed.

‘Love is stronger than hate, always.’