Friday, February 3, 2012
UPDATE on Spain's stolen babies
A woman holds a poster displaying a picture of a young girl and reading 'We are looking for her twin' during a demonstration against baby trafficking on Jan. 27, 2012 in Madrid. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)
Last October I compared Australia’s “stolen generation” with the shocking story of babies also being taken without consent from their parents here in Spain as recently as the 1990’s.
The practice is believed to have begun under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco who took power in 1939 after four years of civil war. According to the claims, newborns were originally snatched from Franco’s left-wing foes.
The campaign group SOS Bebes Robados claims up to 300,000 children may have been stolen.
Campaigners complain that prosecutors are not doing enough to investigate claims of Spaniards searching for their birth families or parents seeking children who, they were told, died at birth.
Next week, representatives of the family campaign groups are scheduled to discuss the issue with senior government officials, but many in Spain are wary of digging into the dark secrets of the Franco dictatorship.
Read more from the source here.