On May 10, mothers across Mexico were honored and celebrated for Día de las Madres. My first day in San Miguel de Allende thirteen years ago was a blazing hot Mother’s Day and it was my first experience of the hustle, bustle and delightful chaos of a Mexican communal celebration; it seemed every resident of […]
“IDP is short for ‘Internally Displaced Person’. Some 26 million people worldwide currently live in situations of internal displacement as a result of conflicts or human rights violations.They were forced to flee their homes because their lives were in danger, but unlike refugees they did not cross international borders.” This is from the website for […]
Between 2007 and 2012, poppies surpassed marijuana as the most widely grown illegal plant in Mexico. In fact, by the end of last year the authorities estimated that poppies occupied 40% more land than cannabis; in 2008, only 210 kilos of opium gum were seized by Mexican law enforcement but by 2012, the amount ballooned […]
“Who am I? I’m in my 20s, I live in northern Mexico, I’m a journalist, I’m a woman, I’m single, I don’t have children and I love Mexico.” This is “Lucy”, who claims to be the founder of the Blog del Narco, a stomach-turning insider chronicle of the drug war. The anonymous authors of the […]
“It’s nothing like CSI. I wish it was more like that, or more modern, but it’s primitive. The situation is primitive.” This is Aldo Ledon Pereira, representative of Voces Mesoamericanas (a migrant advocacy group) describing the state of criminal investigation in Mexico today. Ledon’s organization is working in conjunction with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team […]
I was invited to join a discussion about vigilante groups in Mexico on Huff Post Live today with a very interesting panel of guests. Check it out!
The vigilante group decided to take the village of Tierra Colorada, Guerrero (between Chilpancingo and Acapulco) after the body of the commander of another community police force was found there. The vigilantes are holding the local chief of police and eight state policemen hostage. Bruno Plácido Valerio, director of the Community Police of the Organized […]
The opinion poll was conducted in February by Parametría. 800 households responded to the survey and 5 out of 10 people thought that the “community police” groups help the authorities fight crime. The first vigilante groups took up arms in Guerrero, but they can now be found in 12 other states: Sonora, Hidalgo, Chihuahua, Veracruz, […]
Filmmaker Ross McDonnell has made a very compelling 9 minute film about the “community police” vigilante groups who have formed all over the state of Guerrero. You can watch the video above and read McDonnell’s story in The Global Mail here.
A grainy video flickers on the white screen in front of you; you can tell it was taken at night, the faces have a greenish cast to them as if you’re looking at them through night vision goggles. It’s somewhere in the desert and it’s cold. The young man wearing a baseball cap shivers and […]