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I Will Find You

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Spain - Sant Adrià de Besòs - Portrait of Antonia del Carmen Carrasco Pérez, 73. It was Antonia del Carmen Carrasco Pérez’s sixth delivery, the most difficult and painful of all. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy”, she recounts from her apartment, in a working-class neighbourhood on the outskirts of Barcelona. “I was asking for some anaesthetic, but the doctors wouldn’t give it to me because I had to push”. After a long labour, the child - a baby boy named Oscar - finally came out. Carrasco Pérez remembers he was dark-haired and looked like his sister Ester, his buttocks darkened and bruised because of the breech birth. Before she had time to touch him the baby was quickly whisked away to be placed in an incubator. The mother was promised they would bring him back early next morning. “I heard him crying all the way from the elevator doors”, remembers Carrasco Pérez. “It was as if he was trying to tell me we would never see each other again”.