(Pre-record off-stage sounds of soldiers breaking up an off-stage
demonstration, with commander ordering the women to disperse in
Spanish. Then shots ring out. Women flee to their gathering place.
Woman together: How many did they hit?
Woman: I saw Maria go down. I’m pretty sure they killed her.
Woman 1: And Consuela, I held her in my arms till she died.
Woman 5: I saw Isabella just before a soldier smashed in her skull with
his rifle butt. No way she could survive that.
Woman 4: I was afraid it would come to this. Three women dead.
Woman 4: If that is what they do to women, how much worse will they
have treated our sons.
Woman 5: If they think they can scare us off by killing us, they have
another think coming. But it is all the more urgent that we stick
together, and find ways to expose this murderous regime.
Woman 2: From now on, when they arrest one person, our entire group
will insist that all of us be arrested with them.
Woman 3: Why don’t we raise some money and send representatives to the
UN and the Organization of American States?
Woman 6: Great idea.
Woman 4: We need some way to identify ourselves. What about making
scarves with the names of our disappeared children on them?
Woman 5: Is it too late to put these suggestions in our newsletter?
Woman 3: No, it will be late coming out this month due to a huge jump
Woman 2: OK, let’s get to work.
(Women come into room.)
Woman 5: I can’t believe it. President Carter of the United States has
read our complaints and he has not only stopped supporting Argentinean
applications for badly needed loans from the multilateral banks but also
has introduced a ban on private commercial arms sales and
government-to-government military sales and training.
Woman 4: Three cheers for President Carter!
Woman 6: And the Inter-American Human Rights Commission has just issued
a damning report on the human rights abuses of the regime, and they drew
on our reports!
Woman 1: Listen to what the Oxford Research Group says: “Its crushing
defeat in the war with the British precipitated the collapse of the
[Argentinean] regime, leading to the return of a civilian government.
It is widely acknowledged that human rights groups such as the Mothers
of the Plaza de Mayo had so seriously undermined the legitimacy of the
regime that the Generals were left with little option but to return the
country to civilian rule following the war.”
Woman 2: Let me see that. (Takes report and reads): “…One must