A heart imprinted rock in the Sierras, of the Andes Mountains.
We have spoken a good deal about the role of women during the time of military dictatorship, particularly in reference to Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and the desaparecidos embarazada; pregnant women were kept alive long enough to give birth to their children and sometimes nurse them for a week before being murdered and their children given away to military (or other elite) families.
It wasn’t until visiting ESMA that we heard about women’s experiences of torture while in captivity. Like men, women were directly tortured but were also forced to watch their partners and children undergoing the same. Our guide at ESMA described how although all prisoners were hooded, had their hands tied, were forced to lay down all day and were forbidden to communicate, some women still attempted to be taken to the bathroom in groups in order to deter rape. Although we know that women’s experiences during times of war or extreme sociopolitical oppression is characterized by sexual trauma, little else was said about sexual violence in the camps. It is important to acknowledge however, both the reality of rape and women’s strength and resistance.
This photo was taken at the Club Athletico, were for a year people were captured and tortured. The detention center only lasted for a year then the officers would move a select few and kill off the rest. This building was later covered by a road. This figure in this picture is of a person pulling someone out of the dirt. What I love most are the white scarves in the center of the figure. It makes me think of the mothers (Madres de plaza de mayo) being the “system” to help fuel the figure into revealing the disappeared. I really like this picutre! ~ Micaela M.
This is a photo I found at the Che museum site. I really enjoy this photo because it is so simple that even a child can understand the purpose of this photo. And if you can have a children understand it then the next generation will be more accepting and understanding of one another. ~ MIcaela M.