Along Avenida de Libertador on the route to my daughter's school, I noticed a set of ghostly art made of metal and attached along the fence of a faded but stately military compound.
Finally, after two or three trips I asked my driver, "¿Que es este?" He explained that it was the Navy Mechanics School.
During The Dirty War, up to 30,000 Argentine citizens were rounded up by the government and executed. They are known as the Disappeared (Los Disaparecidos).
The Navy Mechanics School was home to some of the most gruesome torture and deaths. An estimated 5,000 of the Disappeared are thought to have been tortured and killed there in the late 1970s to early 1980s.
Some were executed by firing squad while others were drugged, loaded up on a plane and simply dumped overboard into the Rio Plata or the Atlantic. Pregnant women were held there until term and their babies taken and given to families loyal to the government. The mothers were then executed.
There is a graffitied sign on the fence wall that says:
"Todo esta cargado en la MEMORIA Arma de la vida y de la historia."
In english it says:
"Everything is loaded into MEMORY—Weapon of life and history."
The school was recently handed over to a human rights group. They are in the process of turning it into a museum so that no one will forget what occurred in Argentina 30 years ago.
And maybe we can all be reminded about the importance of fighting state run terror wherever it may occur.Their memory is our weapon.