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Mexican Mothers Demand Return of Missing Children

IN PICTURES: Hundreds of Mexican women amassed on Mother's Day to demand the return of 35,000 missing people, many of them children. "Mother's Day, day of sorrow... we have nothing to celebrate because our family is not complete," one protester said.

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"Mother's Day, day of sorrow for the disappeared, day when we have nothing to celebrate, because our family is not complete, because there is an empty chair in the dining room," one protester said. Photo:Reuters
At least 29 national groups marched with mothers through Mexico City in the seventh such demonstration, demanding the state redouble its efforts and keep families informed on investigations.
At least 29 national groups marched with mothers through Mexico City in the seventh such demonstration, demanding the state redouble its efforts and keep families informed on investigations. Photo:EFE
The cartel-infested town of Chilapa is one of the deadliest in Mexico
The cartel-infested town of Chilapa is one of the deadliest in Mexico's murderous state of Guerrero, and at least 157 of its children have gone missing. Photo:EFE
Priest Tomas Martinez blesses women whose relatives have been forcibly disappeared during a mass for mothers of missing persons on Mother
Priest Tomas Martinez blesses women whose relatives have been forcibly disappeared during a mass for mothers of missing persons on Mother's Day in Chilapa de Alvarez, in the state of Guerrero, May 10, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Over 200,000 Mexicans have been killed since 2006 when the government announced its intention to tackle the drug war with military force.
Over 200,000 Mexicans have been killed since 2006 when the government announced its intention to tackle the drug war with military force. Photo:Reuters
"What makes it worse is that there is not a reliable database of missing persons, or one listing the thousands of bodies which will end up in mass graves," said Hilario Garcia, whose daughter disappeared in Ecatepec.
"What makes it worse is that there is not a reliable database of missing persons, or one listing the thousands of bodies which will end up in mass graves," said Hilario Garcia, whose daughter disappeared in Ecatepec. Photo:EFE
Relatives, forensic anthropologists and volunteers probed the ground for signs of mass graves in isolated areas around Chilapa.
Relatives, forensic anthropologists and volunteers probed the ground for signs of mass graves in isolated areas around Chilapa. Photo:EFE
Human rights activist Ramon Navarrete said the lack of action by authorities to find missing people has pushed many families to search for their loved ones by themselves.
Human rights activist Ramon Navarrete said the lack of action by authorities to find missing people has pushed many families to search for their loved ones by themselves. Photo:EFE
"Our daughters and sons embrace us from the hidden places where they spend the night... We will never lower our arms or give up, until we find them," said mother Yolanda Moran.
"Our daughters and sons embrace us from the hidden places where they spend the night... We will never lower our arms or give up, until we find them," said mother Yolanda Moran. Photo:Reuters
Ongoing violence has killed nearly 8,000 people since January, a rise of at least 20 percent since last year.
Ongoing violence has killed nearly 8,000 people since January, a rise of at least 20 percent since last year. Photo:Reuters
Published 11 May 2018
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