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Adriana, an Argentina Stolen Baby, Reunited With Family After 40 Years

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Adriana, daughter of two activists who were killed during the Argentine dictatorship in 1976, flashes a thumbs up in front of photos of people who also recovered their identities, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 12:57 PM

Adriana, an Argentina woman stolen as a baby 40 years ago, was reunited with relatives after a DNA test confirmed her identity, London's Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Adriana, 40, now an attorney living in the country, was found to be the missing daughter of activist Violeta Graciela Ortolani and Edgardo Roberto Garnier, the rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo said Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper said that Ortolani was kidnapped while pregnant on Dec. 14, 1976, in the Argentine city of La Plata by alleged former military and police. Garnier was kidnapped on Feb. 8, 1977, and both were never heard from again, the Daily Mail reported.

Adriana said she did not know that she was not the biological child of the couple who raised her until the couple died, the Daily Mail reported.

"I found out on a Saturday, and on the Monday I had already gone to the Grandmothers, I wanted to know if I was the daughter of people who had disappeared, more than anything because of my date of birth," Adriana said in a news conference, according to the Daily Mail.

Adriana, whose last name was not given in news reports, was the 126th child found by the Grandmothers, who campaign for victims of Argentina's so-called "Dirty War," which ran from 1976 to 1983 under Argentina's military dictatorship, according to the BBC News and Britannica.com.

According to Britannica, the war, also known as Process of National Reorganization, saw an estimated 10,000 to 30,000 citizens killed or disappeared.

The BBC News wrote that it took four months to match up Adriana with her relatives after a long search on the Grandmothers' database.

"I began to think I had been abandoned, given away, sold, that they hadn't wanted me," Adriana said before receiving a call from the National Commission for the Right to Identity confirming the match, noted the BBC News.

Adriana was able to speak to her grandmother on her father's side, who could not attend the news conference, for the first time over the phone.

"She is beautiful inside and out and such a personality." Adriana said, per the BBC News. "Love is stronger than hate, always."

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