City under Terror

These are the unsung of the terrors of Argentinean enforced repression regimes of the government. Though those who survived could tell the story of their experiences to the world, it could not compare to living through the horrors someone from the outside could not even begin to imagine. Though most of the disappeared were revolutionaries against the current regime of the time, they were still human beings. It as through the isolation of these people from those free on the outside yielded a disconnect between the citizens of Argentina. They saw but didn’t see,  knew but did not know (Schindel, 2012) . This is why people could be across the street from a detention center, with the torture room in sight from their windows and not say anything, to the point where even the pope could quietly eat lunch and know that people were being abused less than 500 feet away from him. Because people considered their own well beings and individual peace, those abducted and never to be seen again did not have the opportunity to live out their lives beyond opposing the current government that was not representative of the struggles that they faced. 


Schindel, E. (2012). Now the Neighbors Lose Their Fear: Restoring the Social Network around Former Sites of Terror in Argentina. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 6(3), 467-485. doi:10.1093/ijtj/ijs020


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