War against organized crime and drug trafficking leaves 40 thousand missing in Mexico

By Carmen Rodriguez

The wounds of the war against organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico continue to bleed. The authorities confirmed this week that the number of missing stands at 40 thousand, and this data reveals a severe human rights crisis affecting the country.

In addition to the missing, Authorities said at least 26 thousand bodies were found in 1,100 clandestine graves in the country, They have not been identified.

Among the missing, Central American immigrants are also, that according to the Human Rights Ombudsman of Mexico, They were victims of the Gulf Cartel and its allies, the armed group Los Zetas, in complicity with elements of Mexican Police.

The most notorious case of missing persons in Mexico, It is the 43 Students who were missing in Ayotzinapan, occurred in 2014. According to investigations, students were persecuted and attacked by local police and state.

In an attempt to repair this damage, the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), He announced that launches the program that seeks to clarify disappearances and identify the thousands of victims who perished in different parts of the country.

The government plan includes the creation of a National Institute of Forensic Identification, Search brigades, DNA databanks and purchase of equipment for laboratories and exhumations.

In the last ten years, disappearances, torture, forced displacement and kidnappings increased considerably because of the war against drug trafficking declared Mexican governments.