Argentina law rekindles tensions

Suspected children of victims of Dirty War to undergo DNA tests.

    Argentina's senate has passed a landmark bill that could force hundreds of people to take DNA tests to see if their parents were some of the thousands who disappeared during the country's so-called Dirty War.

    The law calls for compulsive DNA testing of those suspected of born in clandestine detention centres in the 1970s and '80s, when Argentina was ruled by the military.

    Children born to opponents of the government were taken and given away to those loyal to it.

    While many children have volunteered for genetic tests, some have refused, fearing that the only parents they have ever known might be taken from them. The idea of forced tests has rekindled tensions in Argentinian society. 

    Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.