Remembering the young conscripts

Surrounding Ushuaia’s Islas Malvinas monument is a display of large black and white photographs from the 1982 war. In one (shown above) an Argentinian conscript turns to the camera with bewilderment and fear in his young eyes.

It’s profoundly sad to remember such loss of life whatever the causes and whatever the justifications, especially such a recent war in a city that was so affected; the doomed ARA General Belgrano sailed from here.

Signs throughout Argentina reinforce the country’s continued belief in the justification of their sovereignty case, but it’s good to read of the more positive diplomatic relations between the new Argentinian and British governments and certainly we have not experienced anything but a warm welcome here.


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