They will use artificial intelligence to search for children illegally adopted during the dictatorship in Chile

A Foundation dedicated to the search for children who have been irregularly adopted and taken abroad during the Dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile started a new one this Friday Search campaign through the use of the Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The program, the The Fundación Hijos y Madres del Silencio (HMS) and the Chilean subsidiary of the South Korean advertising agency Cheil collected photos of four families who denounce that their children were stolen during the dictatorship (1973-1990) and taken abroad for adoption.

Since 2018, the Chilean justice system has been investigating the kidnapping of thousands of Chilean children. particularly in the 17 years that the Pinochet regime was extended.

Yes OK As in Argentina, the kidnapping of children was excluded as a repressive method. It is believed that conditions at the time facilitated the actions of groups dedicated to the capture of children. sending them abroad for economic purposes.

The Minister of Justice Luis Cordero reported that the The state will announce measures in the next few days Providing government assistance in finding these children.

“The State of Chile will take cross-sectoral measures and coordinate with civil society to protect the right of every person to know their origins,” Cordero said at the event.

How do they use artificial intelligence to search for children adopted during the dictatorship?

“I would like to tell you what my name is, but I don’t know,” says a 49-year-old man in a video created thanks to AI based on photos of families reporting the theft of their babies.

Sara Díaz, 62 years old, is one of them. In 1974, she was informed that her baby had died and was refused delivery of the alleged remains to the hospital where she gave birth.

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Using photos of her and her husband, who died five years ago, they identified facial features to determine a possible face of her son or daughter.which is distributed on social networks together with a message in several languages, with the hope that someone will recognize themselves in it and that there will be a reunion.

“I feel that “It is a great hope, not only for me, but for all the people who are looking for our children,” said Díaz. to AFP after the campaign launch ceremony.

However, there are no official figures on how many children were sent abroad It is estimated that at least 2,021 animals were adopted in Sweden between 1971 and 1992. Thousands more arrived in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay and Peru.

“Many mothers who are here were told that their children had died and they didn’t know them. Now there is the possibility of taking a photo or a video,” explains Marisol Rodríguez, President of the HMS Foundation. AFP

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