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Spain - Barcelona - Portrait of Dolores Pimienta Cuecas, 94. The fragile silhouette of Dolores Pimienta Cuecas commands immediate respect. Despite her precarious state of health, this 94-year-old mother still attends all public rallies and gatherings organised by the niños robados association in Barcelona. Her wrinkled face, which betrays a pugnacious woman who hasn’t lost the hope to reunite with her son Félix after almost 60 years, is one of the most powerful examples of the victims’ relentless struggle for justice. Félix was born at 6.15pm, on the 29th of May 1960. Pimienta Cuecas held him briefly in her arms and noticed his blond hair were similar to those of his father. Then a nurse took him away to give him his first bath. A few hours later, the mother was informed he had died for having swallowed liquid during the delivery.Pimienta never believed it - her boy looked healthy and his death happened too abruptly - but there was little she could do. She was alone at the hospital and had no family in Barcelona - she and her husband, who was working in a car factory at that time, had recently emigrated from a village in the south of Spain. The illiterate couple could not question the doctors’ words. Pimienta Cuecas was dismissed two days later, without any document.