‘Where are they?’: families search for Chile’s disappeared prisoners

Many went missing between 1973 and 1990 during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet – and relatives are still seeking answers

It has been 43 years since Cesar Cerda, a member of Chile’s Communist party, was dragged off by agents of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Cerda is just one of 1,000 former opponents of the far-right regime still listed as missing, despite the tireless efforts by family members to find them. Cerda was 47, and a father of three, when he was arrested on 19 May 1976 after months of regime persecution of Communist party leaders.

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‘Where are they?’: families search for Chile’s disappeared prisoners