Illuminated by the fire
The April 2, 1982 marks one of the most important events in the history of Argentina, when the dictator Leopoldo Galtieri ordered the invasion of the Falkland Islands, sending thousands of young unprepared, without adequate weapons, no food, leading battle; with the only intention to remain in power. The recovery of the islands was the ideal pretext for Argentina claimed that territory located in the Atlantic Ocean, occupied by the United Kingdom since 1833. Only 77 days after war was declared, the British army under the command of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher , achieving a victory that left an unfortunate balance of 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers killed, although in later years the number of indirect victims is multiplied by the suicides of about 500 former Argentine combatants who could not bear the consequences of conflict.
Three decades after Argentina remains a pending task. The country still has not digested what happened in the Falklands, the lost war became a national embarrassment, a subject that no one spoke. Veterans, young people in their twenties who knew the terror and death, are now scattered across the territory, living withdrawn cities, whose abandoned spaces and desolate saved the nearest remember the conflict through the Antarctic cold that comes closest to the islands. Men who continue to bear the weight of forgetfulness and indifference on the part of society and successive governments in power to maintain an infinite debt to those veterans who, despite suffering a defeat against England, marked the end of the military dictatorship and the return in 1983 of democracy to the nation.