LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Cuban investigators said on Monday they
discovered in Bolivia the remains of the only woman to fight with Ernesto
"Che" Guevara's band of revolutionaries during his 1967 campaign there.
The Cuban team found the bones of Hayde Tamara Bunke Bider, alias
"Tania," in the town of Vallegrande, 480 miles (770 km) southeast of the
capital La Paz and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) away from where the
same team unearthed the bones of the legendary leftist guerrilla Guevara in
"The wounds on the remains match up with those of Tania," said Cuban
forensic specialist Jorge Gonzalez.
Arm bones at the site were fractured, coinciding with reports Tania was
by a bullet that hit both arms. Investigators also found female undergarments,
An Argentine-born medical doctor, Guevara was Fidel Castro's lieutenant
the 1959 Cuban revolution. His attempt to spark another subversive
movement in Bolivia in 1967 was stopped after seven months of fighting in
Wounded and suffering from severe asthma, Guevara was captured on
October 8 and executed the following day by the Bolivian army. His remains
were put on display for the press and shortly afterward disappeared for 30
Tania -- an Argentine-like Guevara -- was part of a column that was
ambushed in the region of Vado del Yeso, south of Vallegrande, on August
Witnesses said Tania's body was dragged away by the Rio Grande's waters
before being found on Sept. 6. It was transported to Vallegrande and buried
two days later.
The physical proof also matched testimony by Dora Cardenas, a school
teacher who, together with other women, was granted permission by the
military to bury Tania. The women had put the cadaver in a coffin, guarded it
with soldiers and held a mass.
Gonzalez said Tania's skeleton will be sent to the same mausoleum housing
Guevara's remains in Santa Clara, Cuba.
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