Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, the emblematic human rights association, celebrated their 41st anniversary Tuesday. The association is synonymous for fighting for human rights, justice and truth, and they celebrated with music and artistic recitals that had the presence of the Silvio Rodriguez - famous singer of the Cuban Revolution, and the Argentine rockstar Leon Gieco. Both artists are strong defenders of human rights and fighters for memory, much like the grandmothers association.
After 41 years of struggle and after finding 128 grandchildren being abducted during the Argentine military dictatorship, the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo are still fighting to locate the whereabouts of the 300+ missing grandchildren.
Celebrating their anniversary with a concert, the event was emotionally-charged, and was held in the Casacuberta room of the San Martín theater, with the renowned human rights defender and president of the Grandmothers association, Estela de Carlotto, being present. "They wanted to kill us and instead they helped plant the seeds for our revival," she told members of the association.
Among the guests, was Sergio Maldonado, one of the brothers of Santiago Maldonado, the young man who defended the Mapuche community of Cushamen and never returned home because he was abucted.
During a speech gratitude, Estela de Carlotto said that, "tears must be transformed into fight, resistance and hope, many of us say 'thank you', despite the pain, because we can leave something to posterity so that this story will never be repeated."
During his presentation, Silvio Rodríguez sang a melody that he confessed not having played for a long time. His song "Sólo el amor," (Only the Love) was poignant for the lyrics, 'Only love makes a miracle from the mud, only love illuminates that what lasts'." Rodriguez added, "I am very honored that you have invited me to this event."
Furthermore, Leon Gieco said that, "If there is someone for whom singing is an honor, it is for you, for the Mothers, for the Grandmothers, thank you for inviting me."