Saturday, March 17, 2012

There may be justice at last for the forlorn mothers

During the Franco regime, babies were removed from families if they were deemed to be politically dangerous. Most targeted were the poor and in particular single mothers. It is thought that there were up to 1,500 cases of illegal trafficking of babies during the 70s and 80s.

Now, one of the nuns who was suspected of being involved, a Sister María Gómez  has been accused of the crimes she committed. Everything centres on the case of María Luisa Torres and her 29-year-old daughter, Pilar.

Torres was pregnant by another man after leaving her husband and contacted the clinic where Gómez worked. She was told that the baby would be put in an orphanage where the mother could visit her but was later told that the baby had been placed with a family.  When Torres complained she was threatened and told she would go to jail and have her other child taken away from her.

Now, years later, Torres has been reunited with her child and is seeking to bring the case against the nun who forced the separation. Let us hope for the sake of all the mothers involved, that the case sticks and justice prevails.

1 comment:

Rob Innis said...

Yes just one of the many issues arising from Franco's days. I have been reading many Civil War history books lately, intersting to have a better understanding of my adopted country.