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Hebe de Bonafini

Hebe Pastor de Bonafini (born 1928) is an Argentine activist, one of the founders of the Association of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo[1], an organization of Argentine mothers whose children were disappeared during the Dirty War, the persecution and suppression of opposition by the military dictatorship (self-styled "National Reorganization Process") that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. [2] [3] [4]

Life and times

Bonafini was raised in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province, and attended school through the eighth grade. She married, worked as a seamstress, and raised three children.

As president of the Mothers Association since 1979, Bonafini has spoken out in defense of her conception of human rights, both in Argentina and abroad, gaining international recognition; she received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1999.

Following the return to civilian rule in 1983, Bonafini demanded an immediate accounting of all of the desaparecidos, like her sons.

The Mothers Association split in 1986, and Bonafini has generally been identified with the more radical faction[citation needed], choosing to justify the methods undertaken by dissident people during the last dictatorship.

On the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Bonafini defended the actions of the airline hijackers saying "I felt that there were many people in that moment who were happy and felt that the blood of so many in that moment were avenged... because the NATO bombings, the blockades and the millions of children who die of hunger in this world, that was due to this power that those men attacked, with their own bodies. And everyone knew it." Bonafini stands behind her support to organizations such as FARC[5] and ETA[6]

In 2005 she generated more controversy by saying that, as Pope John Paul II "committed many sins, he [was] going to go to hell." She added that she "didn't say more than what the Roman Catholic Church taught me."[7]

In December 2006 Argentine President Néstor Kirchner received Bonafini at the Government House, as head of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.[8]

The relationship of the Kirchner administration (both presidents Nestor and eventually his wife Cristina), with Hebe de Bonafini has been very close. The association she presides, the Association of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, has been benefited with government funds received during the Kirchner administration, having now extended its influence thanks to a newspaper (La Voz de las Madres), a radio [9], and even a university (Universidad de las Madres).[10]

The political ideas of Hebe de Bonafini has supported figures like Ernesto (Che) Guevara, Fidel Castro, Sandino, Arafat, Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, the mothers of prisoners of ETA, American aborigines, the weak and forgotten, and against the states from the so-called First World, the socialdemocracy, Israel, the neo-liberalism, the IMF.[10]

She has said "I always thought of my children as guerrilla soldiers and revolutionaries, with great pride"[10], even though her sons currently live in Spain, maintaining regular contact with her ex-husband.


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Hebe de Bonafini (born 1928) is a Human Rights activist from Argentina.



  1. September 11 attacks.
  2. Álvaro Uribe, Colombia's President.

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