‘Where are our children?’ demand mothers of Mexico’s missing
Thousands of mothers of people missing in Mexico protested Monday to demand the authorities find their children, victims of the violence and impunity that plagues the country.
“There’s nothing to celebrate. Where are our children?” said Yolanda Moran, who attended the Mother’s Day march in Mexico City in her wheelchair.
“We mothers have come to remind the authorities that they need to look for them,” the 77-year-old said.
She carried a large photograph of her son, Dan Jeremeel Fernandez, who disappeared on December 19, 2008 in the northern city of Torreon at the age of 35.
Dressed in white and with a rose of the same color in her hand, she said the mothers of Mexico’s missing were exhausted by their ordeal.
“We do not live. We survive. Every year we are older, more tired, sicker,” she said.
“Narco, military, prosecutor, the same filth!” read a banner carried by an elderly woman dressed in black.
More than 80,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since the government deployed the military in the war on powerful drug cartels in 2006, according to official figures.
Around 300,000 more have been murdered over the same period, according to the authorities, who say most of the killings are linked to gang violence.
The dead include three siblings aged 24, 29 and 32 whose bodies were found in a suburb of the western city of Guadalajara, prosecutors said on Monday.
They had been missing since Friday night when they were taken from their home by suspected drug cartel members for reasons that are unclear, according to the authorities.
In the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, “we have at least 100 people go missing every day, but not all are reported out of fear,” said Miriam Cabrera, the mother of Romel Cabrera, who vanished on June 28, 2015.
Patricia Springton brought photographs of her son, her husband, her sister-in-law and her niece, who were last seen on July 14, 2010 when they traveled to Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas.
“We spend our lives worn out, yes, with fear, but we’re not going to stop” searching, she said, fighting back tears.
Mexico has almost a hundred organizations of relatives of the missing who want prosecutors to create a national forensic data bank.
According to official figures, there are at least 38,500 unidentified bodies with the forensic services.
Next to a carpet of photographs of the missing, 54-year-old Marisa Trejo accused the Mexican authorities of “indifference.”
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “made many campaign promises of support and has never really followed up on them,” she said.
“My heart is broken in two because the day they took my son, they also took my life,” added Trejo, mother of Francisco Albabera, who disappeared on March 6, 2012, aged 22, on the way to university.
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