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Bodies Of Argentinian Soldiers Killed In The Falklands Finally Identified

The bodies of 88 unknown Argentinian soldiers who died in the Falklands Conflict have finally been identified...

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The bodies of 88 unknown Argentinian soldiers who died in the Falklands Conflict have finally been identified.

Over the past year, 121 bodies were exhumed so their families could finally lay them to rest.

The humanitarian mission was conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross, following an agreement between Argentina and the UK to identify the soldiers.

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The project began a year ago, when the two nations' governments pledged to identify the soldiers' remains, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

It has been a tough job, to work on this over the past months, especially in the austral winter.

But an international team of 14 forensic experts, including specialists from the UK, carried out the painstaking work, worked from dawn until dusk for seven weeks straight to get the job done.

Falklands graves

The real measure of the success of the project is in the number of families who will now know exactly where their loved ones are buried.

Gravestones which were previously anonymous can now be marked with a name rather than "Argentine soldier known only unto God".

The families who have joined the project will now be contacted by the Argentinian government, so they can now get the closure they have been waiting for, for so long.

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