The Jerez City Council has inaugurated this Tuesday next to the SOS Stolen Babies Association the first monument in Spain for newborns kidnapped during the Franco regime. The sculpture measures two meters and shows a mother with her child, an allegory of the irregular adoptions that took place in hospitals for decades.
The president of the association, Luisa Fernanda Terrazas, has described the monument as a “historical achievement” during the presentation. The piece bears a plaque that mentions the Terrazas family and Francis Stump. This registration is intended to serve as an incentive so that more families are encouraged to discover what happened to their sons and daughters upon discovering that they did not die at birth.
The mayor of Jerez, mamen sanchezpresented the monument together with Terrazas and congratulated SOS Babies Stolen “for reminding us that there are mothers who after the pain of childbirth could not see their children or share their smile as the sculpture represents”.
The president of the organization has also pressed for the Stolen Babies Bill get to Congress as soon as possible, since “these are crimes against humanity”. He has also denounced the silence and the lack of help to collect certificates, records and medical records.
“We have had to act as detectives, little by little investigating this vile network that played with so many families. Many mothers have died with the sorrow of not being able to see their children,” said Terrazas.
For her part, the mayor has requested that the sculpture, located outside the Jerez Hospitalbe “a place for reflection and meeting that reminds us that we must move forward so that justice is done”.