Being a mother is hard under the best of circumstances, but there are some women who are handed an unthinkable fate: the loss of a child. Instead of retreating from the world and drowning in their grief, there are mothers who have managed to turn their heartbreak into a mission—to save other children from the terrible misfortunes that befell theirs. Here, we profile three courageous mothers from Argentina who risked their lives to challenge the status quo and change their country for the better. AZUCENA VILLAFLOR DE VICENTI There was a sad period in Argentina during the 1970s called the Dirty War. During this time of state-sponsored terrorism, thousands of anti-government activists fell victim to officially-sanctioned violence. Thousands of people “disappeared”—meaning they were kidnapped and assassinated, their corpses most often cast into the ocean. It has been estimated that around 30,000 people “disappeared” during the Dirty War.