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Mexico: A nation mourns for lives lost and a country under siege by corruption and violence

By Martha Ramos

MEXICO: It’s raining again… in October. Heaven is crying.
During the last week of October 2010, the worst loss of life this year in Mexico occurred — 48 young mexicans died in events related to drug traffic.
Multiple victims of Juarez drug violence await burial.
Yes, 48 families are still in mourning in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua; Tijuana, Baja California; Tepic, Nayarit, and Tepito, in Mexico City.
On November 3, officials found an ilegal cemetary in Guerrero. Ten bodies were recovered at the time of this writing. It was revenge.
And corruption has seduced authorities of every level in local and federal administrations. Directors of high security prisions are working for drug dealers.
During one weekend, students walked through the streets of Ciudad Juarez. The army was nervous, and shot one student. He is 19, and surviving in a hospital.
Nobody is safe now… It is war.

I tried to write about something else, but everything — tourism, the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), health, education — everything is affected now by the drug war in Mexico.
Tijuana massacre victims await processing by local authorities.
For the first time, I’m hearing voices who are considering that maybe negotiating with the drug dealers is not a bad idea.
We are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel.
Students march in Juarez to protest the escalating violence.

Learn more about Martha:



I’m Martha Ramos, born 43 years ago, a journalist during the last 24 years and a mother since 1998.

I believe in the power of friendship, and the wisdom of children. I defend women as a basic element in every society, every group, every family.

I recognize journalism as the most important tool of a democratic country and the imperfect way of getting to the truth. Now, in the era of journalism 2.0 and 3.0 I really thank you for the possibility of talking to you and hearing from you.

Aside from Latina Lista, I also blog at my blog, and another one at Ejecentral.



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