Sister Alicia Domon
In 1967 Sister Alicia Domon, a French Sister of Foreign Mission, began her ministry in Argentina preparing mentally handicapped children for their first communion. Within two years, she left the safety of the convent and lived among the poor. Sister Alicia supported herself as a household servant as she helped landless peasants organize for change.
A military dictatorship in Argentina conducted a "dirty war" (1976-1983) in which at least four thousand Argentineans were killed, and another ten thousand were abducted by the military police. Human rights and social justice workers were often targeted. Sister Alicia became active with the Associación Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of mothers of the "disappeared." She knew that aligning herself with the only visible sign of dissent in the country was risky. "I would not ask you to do anything to save me which could endanger others," she wrote to her bishop in France. "I have already made the sacrifice of my life."
On December 8, 1977, armed guards in civilian clothing kidnapped Sister Alicia and twelve other women. Sister Alicia Domon was never seen again, but was assumed to be one of the multitude murdered by the Argentinean government.