Por Martha Drovetto, María Beatriz Del Rio y Cristina Kotz Cornejo


Cuando Etelvina Mansilla y Vicente del Río reciben en sus brazos a la bebé, las madres parturientas paradas al lado de las camas y las enfermeras, forman un cortejo para despedirlos.

Así, le describieron sus padres adoptivos, la salida del hospital Lucio Molas de Santa Rosa, a María Beatriz. Esas futuras madres y enfermeras, sin saberlo estaban homenajeando a una descendiente de uno de los linajes más antiguos, de la zona de los “carrizales”.

María Beatriz creció en un buen hogar, aprendiendo valores, principios, normas y nociones de la vida junto al inmenso cariño de sus padres del corazón, pero a la vez, con el desconocimiento de su origen. …

On March 20th at midnight, the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, ordered the unprecedented shutdown of the entire nation including international borders and domestic flights. That Friday the 20th and that Saturday, large numbers of citizens packed up their cars and headed to Mar del Plata and Pinamar, both resort towns that are the center of weekend vacations by Porteños (those who live in Buenos Aires). Once the news and social media started reporting that large amounts of people were headed to these beach towns, the local authorities of these beach towns blocked entry into their communities. The standoff between beach goers and town officials grew heated and ultimately drew the attention of the President who took to making another national address. …

Like most other people who are in some form of isolation or mandatory quarantine, I have found it difficult to focus, especially in the first few days of the Argentine lockdown. Anxiety found its way infiltrating my body and mind in the most unwelcome and uncontrollable manner.

I began the mandatory quarantine or isolation as they call it here in Argentina (aislamiento social preventivo y obligatorio/mandatory and preventive social isolation) on March 20th after “making a run for it” from Villa La Angostura near Bariloche to Buenos Aires.

I started my journey to Argentina on February 4th. At the time there were no COVID19 cases in Latin America so traveling to the southern hemisphere felt safe, in fact, safer than being anywhere else. I came to Argentina on a special presidential leave from Emerson College to work on a VR project dealing with the Indigenous Mapuche-Tehuelche people. I purchased my airfare in December and the plan was to stay until mid-May. As of today the plan is unclear when I will return to the States. …

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