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“They made me go to the hospital and said they were going to do a blood test on my baby.”

Sara is part of a generation of mothers and children trying to find each other after being involuntarily separated during Gen Augusto Pinochet’s military rule from 1973 to 1990.

The strategy was to simply take children out of the country, according to Jeanette Velásquez, who works for volunteer group Hijos y Madres del Silencio (Children and Mothers of Silence).

“Some women tell me horrific stories about how they were breast-feeding their baby when it was pulled from their arms.

She said she believed that she created better lives for Alejandro and the various other children given in adoption.

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