October 11th on RTÉ 1
Producer: Caroline Bleahene
Patrick Rice is a former Divine Word Missionaries priest
from Fermoy, Co. Cork. He worked in Buenos Aires in the
1970s and he became one of the "disappeared" in 1976 and
was tortured along with one of his parishioners Fatima Cabrera.
After much diplomatic intervention, Pat Rice was eventually
released and deported to Ireland.
Pat returned to Buenos Aires after the fall of the military
in 1982. He later met with Fatima Cabrera, the social worker
who was torturted in the adjoining room to Pat in 1976.
They fell in love, got married and have three children.
He currently works with an Ecumenical Group for Human Rights.
In 1999, 98 members of the former Argentinian military juntas
were charged with murder, torture and genocide. Pat Rice
is trying to track down his torturers and have them prosecuted.
Pat Rice recalls that on the evening of October 12, 1976,
at the height of Argentina's "Dirty War", he was bundled
at gun-point into the boot of an unmarked police car in
a shanty town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Within minutes
a nightmare of torture, brutality and psychological terror
was about to begin for him. For four days he was kept hooded
and chained to a bed, doused in water and subjected to almost
unending electric shock treatment.
Cabrera, who was then a 17 year old schoolgirl, was tortured
in the room beside him and subjected to the most degrading
sexual abuse - abuse which she was told would ensure that
she would never be able to have a baby.
and Fatima now have three children and they tell their terrifying
and haunting story for the very first time as the world
waits for Argentina to bring those who kidnapped, tortured
and killed almost 30,000 of its people, to justice.
"The Perfumed Killers", Pat recalls: "They would break off
the electric shock from time to time and when they were
close to me I could smell the perfume from their sweating
bodies. I will never, ever forget that perfumed smell".