Technology brings us closer and guarantees life. Know how to use. You need to learn.

Valéria Barbosa
Posted March 28, 2020 from Brazil
Graciela Perez in México.
Graciela Perez in 2020 in the field in Mexico, looking for her daughter's body to do the DNA test in the database. After almost 4 years I found her again thanks to research on the internet and contact by WhatSapp.
Valéria Barbosa e Graciela Perez em 2016.
Valéria Barbosa e Graciela Perez em 2016.: In 2016, in Costa do Sauípe, Brazil 13th AWID International Forum (1/1)


Technology gives us flexibility. An article made in 2016, revised, translated and posted in 2020, can be modified by curiosity and the use of equipment and the internet. How?


I did a story yesterday about dear Mexican companion Graciela Peres. She created an Organization in Mexico for the implantation of a piece of DNA to research the bodies found of missing persons in Mexico. For this article I used a pocket recorder in 2016, just yesterday 26/003/2020, it was done due to the difficulty of finding someone to do the translation from Spanish to Portuguese. I interviewed her and I understand everything she said to me, but out of respect for her speech, I didn't want to write the text without the necessary technique. I asked for help via Whatsapp to my friend Adriana Kaíros, who lives in the favela da Maré and immediately did it.


While she was translating I searched my card for that day and found it getting the IDD of Mexico over the internet, adding Graciela's phone number and getting in touch with her and everything with a phone, via Whatsapp.


The material used on the card has already changed and even so this resource helped me to find it by having written the pen number of Graciela Perez.


He remembered me and we were happy that after these long three years and six months we met again, but Graciela Perez's pain at the loss of not finding answers about the bodies of her family cries in her actions and cries in her feelings.


We were able to talk and update Graziela's actions. Wishing she could reach her goal.




Valéria Barbosa -: Hugs sister. I have never forgotten it, I always ask the Virgin of Guadalupe to give her strength. Hugs.


Did you manage to make your family's DNA?


GRACIELA PEREZ: I'm still looking for them.


GRACIELA PEREZ: Thousands are missing


GRACIELA PEREZ: I followed that forced march, but I couldn't continue and I was alone in the field search.


Valéria Barbosa: And the Forensic Science Organization, are you still part of it?


GRACIELA PEREZ: Forensic science did not belong to anyone, we formed several groups of families to collect DNA samples from families with missing people, but that gave guidelines for us to install ourselves in the search engines ... since DNA remains a means identification. Now, at the national level, we are promoting the creation of an Extraordinary Forensic Identification Mechanism that we are creating only with the government, although it is very slow


I named my group after my daughter Milynali Red.


GRACIELA PEREZ: This has just been achieved by several groups of families, we struggled to find them.


GRACIELA PEREZ: We just created our own protocol for finding citizens on extermination sites


GRACIELA PEREZ: I was greatly helped by an award I received for the human rights of Tulipan in the Netherlands. Although he only helped me for a year, he laid the groundwork and now we must continue


Valéria Barbosa: Tomorrow I will put these stories that you sent me in the story. If you remember more facts and want me to put you here, let me do it. The video will need to be published on YouTube before you can publish it on the WordPulse platform.


 Good evening. I'm going to sleep. I woke up very early to face the queue and get a flu shot. I'm quarantined at home. Today leaves after 12 days. Very sad for the world situation due to the Corona virus. Here, the President wants everything to return to normal due to the country's economy. If this happens due to great political pressure, I don't know how to be?


GRACIELA PEREZ Just like we are isolated. But the president still downplays him.




Valéria Barbosa: Yes, I'm going to rest, I already posted the video on YouTube. Happy to see you again and talk to you around here. Hugs dear. Health. Take care.




Valéria Barbosa Blessings for us and for the world.


This way we saw that just click to find a friend on the other side and bring him very close to the heart. In this moment of so much pain in the world, where a virus puts in check the attitude of managers in thinking about emergency life vs. life x economy, Graciela Perez with her tireless action shows us that: Life is worth a lot and even when it is taken from the family your search is eternal.


Gratitude to Gracila for the generosity to share her story and to the Google Translate that gives me the opportunity to tell you how much I love them.


Take care if your life is worth a lot to yours.

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 29, 2020
Mar 29, 2020

Dear Valeria,

Thank you for sharing with us your chat messages with Graciela. You are right about technology. It truly connects us all in so many ways.

Please take care always, dear sister! Stay safe and stay healthy!

Melissa Kelly
Mar 30, 2020
Mar 30, 2020

Hi Valeria,
This is an amazing example of how technology can connect people by eliminating language as a barrier. So great how you were able to leverage a friend through WhatsApp to get this translated. I appreciate you being an advocate for Graciela by sharing her story through your words and these videos.

Anita Shrestha
Apr 07, 2020
Apr 07, 2020

Thank u for sharing

Beth Lacey
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

A wonderful, yet so dad, example of how technologies keeps us connected

Apr 23, 2020
Apr 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing.
Bless you . Please stay safe.

Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

Thanks for your sharing, there are a lot of heart-broken and tearing behind. Bless your efforts and may God comforts the family member losing families. Stay safe and well. Take care sister.

May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020

Dear Valeria,
Thank you for this brilliant piece and for sharing all of the media with us. It is indeed true. Nowadays, technology is a key competent of how we can advance together as humanity. It is helpful for education. How and if we can access it impacts the world around us.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020

Dear Valeria,
Hope you are doing well. Thank you so much for sharing your post. Please stay safe during this very difficult time.

Catherine De Freitas
May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020

There are no borders with technology. It allows us to connect with others regardless of location. Thank you so much for sharing. We pray for peace and comfort to all families. Continue what you are doing.