Monday, August 31, 2009

Mothers of the Disappeared Get a Database

The BBC reported tonight that the Chilean government is creating a DNA database to help identify (living or dead) people who disappeared (and were probably murdered) during the repression of the Pinochet era.

It reminds me not only of U-2's song, but of a speech I heard Cornell West give at Boise State University in 1997. One of the most deeply human desires is to be able to bury our dead. With the creation of the new database, Chileans will have a better chance to do that, for loved ones taken from him during the terrible violence unleashed by the Pinochet government.

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