2015-03-25

Remembrance Day from a Volunteer's Perspective

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The rhythmic beating of drums, screaming and chanting amidst a forest of flags, banners smoke and fierce displays of dancing filled the streets of Buenos Aires yesterday. The 24th March in Argentina was the annual commemoration of the victims of the Dirty War. Internationally renowned social organisations such as the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo joined other political and economic groups to voice their message in the heart of the nation’s capital. 
 
Words cannot describe the unique experience of becoming part of the marches and demonstrations on this important day for Argentina, unlike anything I have ever seen in the United Kingdom. A sort of beautiful combination of protest and carnival celebration: people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to share memories of loved ones lost, to fight for what they believe in through peaceful (but passionate!) rallies, music, arts and speeches. A day I will never forget!
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