Parents looking for their children

The Armero landslide, which killed more than 25,000 people, also separated many families. The casualties who were saved were taken to hospitals in different cities across Colombia. Once they had recovered from their injuries and went looking for their children, their children were no longer there. Children were adopted using regular and irregular procedures, with some being taken abroad. Thirty-three years later, parents continue to look for traces of their children in the hope of seeing them again and making up for the lost time caused by the tragedy.

For this reason, we have published the profiles of missing children here on this website. Each profile states the name given to the child by their biological parents; their age at the time of the tragedy; the relative who is looking for them and some physical features and/ or anecdotes, with which these children, who are now adults, might be identified and reunited with their biological families. In addition, we created filters to facilitate the search process: 'Sex' (male and female), 'Age' (0 to 5 years old ; 6 to 10 years old and 11 to 15 years old) and 'Evidence' (Yes or No).

This last category refers to evidence that the child survived, such as television images from the time and testimonies from community members, rescuers, friends and family.
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