Unknown incidents of child and child abduction in Brazil’s dictatorship

  • Eduardo Raina
  • From Sao Paulo to BBC Brazil

Credit, Private archive

Photo caption,

Rosanzella Best Paran (center) with Odier de Paiva Paran এবং and Nilja da Silva Serra

For at least a decade, Rosanzella Best Parana has been searching for her biological parents.

He is the victim of a state crime that is rarely known to Brazilians: the abduction of children and infants by militants who opposed military rule in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Rosanzella was illegally recruited by a military family in the 1960’s and discovered her condition decades later while arguing with family members.

Eleven of the 19 known cases of child abduction during the dictatorship were linked to the Aragua guerrilla movement, an anti-guerrilla movement that took place in the Amazon region between the late 1960s and 1974 at the confluence of the Para and present-day Tokentin states. .

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