counting the cost

Today Argentina marks 33 years since the start of the military dictatorship.

2818. The number of days under dictatorship (24 March 1976 - 10 December 1983)

30,000. The number of people who were kidnapped, tortured and 'disappeared' by the military

500. The number of babies taken from their mothers and illegally given up for adoption.

97. The number of children who have discovered their true identity - the latest in February of this year.

500. The number of illegal hidden detention centres established by the dictatorship. The largest of these was the former Naval Academy (Escuela de Mecánica de la Armada) in Buenos Aires, in which some 5000 people were held and tortured.

46,000 million. The number of dollars of external debt owed at the end of dictatorship.

517. The percentage rate of inflation between 1976 and 1983.

14, ooo. The number of soldiers and conscripts sent to the Malvinas/ Falklands in 1982.

694. The number that died.

29. The number of months since Julio Lopez, aged 77, disappeared for the second time, hours before he was due to witness against a former police investigator.

This is a translation of an article in today's Clarín