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SERIES: Countdown to the International Day of the Disappeared (IDD): 28 days to go!

In celebration of this year’s International Day of the Disappeared (IDD) on the 30th of August, AFAD will be posting series of materials (literary pieces, paintings, songs etc) by people who are victims of enforced disappearances, families of the disappeared, and people who are working for the cause of the disappeared all over the world.  It is our hope that this endeavor would help us put across the message that enforced disappearance is a social issue that needs to be addressed by everyone.  Let us help the families of the disappeared in attaining justice and to ultimately have a WORLD WITHOUT DESAPARECIDOS.

2 August 2010

Mothers of the Disappeared

by U2

Midnight, our sons and daughters
Were cut down and taken from us
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the wind we hear their laughter
In the rain we see their tears
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

Night hangs like a prisoner
Stretched over, black and blue
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the trees our sons stand naked
Through the walls our daughters cry
See their tears in the rainfall

As he explains when introducing this song in concert, Bono wrote this when he made a trip to El Salvador in the middle of the civil war in the ’80s. In San Salvador, he met with the Comadres, who were a group of women also known as the “mothers of the disappeared.” These women had lost their children, who were taken in the night by death squads, leaving the mothers unsure if their children were alive or dead. He then stayed with a group of guerillas in the middle of the mountains in the north of the country, where he was inspired to write “Bullet The Blue Sky,” another single from The Joshua Tree album. (thanks, Alexis – San Salvador, El Salvador)

This song ties in with U2’s work with Amnesty International. In 1986, they participated in 6 concerts as part of the Amnesty International Conspiracy Of Hope tour. Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Brian Adams, and Sting were also on the tour with U2.

On February 5, 1989, U2 played in Buenos Aires with The Mothers of the Disappeared onstage with pictures of their missing children. After this song, the women draped scarves around Bono’s neck and the crowd sang the Argentine National Anthem.

SOURCES:

Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/mothers-of-the-disappeared-lyrics-u2.html

Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=918

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