Recounts of tumultuous South American history in the Twin Cities

Image from Sabes JCC website about Desaparecidos exhibit (Sylvia Horwitz).

Image from Sabes JCC website about Desaparecidos exhibit (Sylvia Horwitz).

An article about Argentina in the Star Tribune caught my eye yesterday. Latin American history (especially times of military dictatorship) is of strong interest to me. I lived in South America for six months, mainly to learn as much as I could about these events. So when something related hits Twin Cities, I’m all ears.

Times are tough in the US right now, but my hope is that everyone can stop & appreciate (for just a minute) the things we need not worry about; things like safely expressing our political beliefs, or knowing that our children are safe. Luckily we can take these things for granted. But there are people among us who haven’t always had that luxury, and they’re sharing their stories.

There is a photography exhibit depicting mothers of disappeared victims in Argentina at the Sabes Jewish Community Center until April 23 (there’s a podcast interview on the website with the photographer too, I haven’t checked it out yet but definitely planning on it). This Friday, Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel is going to speak at Metropolitan State. Adolfo is a human rights activist and torture victim from Argentina.

These were very dark, chaotic times in South America and these stories are much more than sad; they are sickening. It’s obviously not fun or exciting to hear these stories, but awareness is important and it helps us be thankful for living in a much different world. This is pretty sentimental for me, I’m surprising myself here! In any case, I hope some people have the chance to check these events out- I’m sure they will be very powerful.

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