Mass Graves Excavated in Argentina

04/15/2013 12:40 pm ET | Updated Jun 15, 2013


Forensic experts in Buenos Aires are working around the clock to identify some of the thousands of victims of Argentina's military dictatorship in the 70s and 80s.

With the start of the Condor Trial, excavators, medical examiners and others are still uncovering some of the thousands of anonymous corpses buried throughout Argentina during the "Dirty War."

Luis Fondebrider, founder of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team works daily with human remains in an effort to produce a biological profile.

At his headquarters in Buenos Aires, several hundred bodies a year are brought in for examination and hopefully identification.

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Currently there are still about 10,000 missing people in Argentina whose remains have not been identified or found.

While current government officials estimate about 13,000 people died during the military junta years, human rights groups claim the number is as high as 30,000

As recently as 2011, mass graves containing the remains of victims of the Dirty War have been found. Kidnapped and killed by the military regime, the victims were accused of being leftists.