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Argentine group re-unites family
The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo
Thousands disappeared during Argentina's "dirty war"
An Argentine rights group has helped a woman to find her grandmother 27 years after she was taken from her parents during the country's dictatorship.

Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo say Victoria Donda Perez was born to dissidents who later disappeared, and she was adopted by an officer.

The group was set up by women whose grandchildren vanished between 1976 and 1983, during the so-called "Dirty War".

Dozens of babies were stolen from women who were forced give birth in jail.

'Act of love'

Ms Donda Perez underwent DNA tests to establish her identity.

The head of the rights group, Estela Carlotto, called the discovery "an act of love".

She said that Ms Donda Perez had contacted her grandmother, who lives in the Canadian city of Toronto.

The woman plans to visit her grandmother in the next few months, Ms Carlotto said.

Official figures say 13,000 people were killed or disappeared during Argentina's last military dictatorship.

Human rights groups say the number is closer to 30,000.

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