Thursday, March 21, 2013

Missing / Desaparecid@s

By Claudia Ana Rodriguez, Witness for Peace Mexico Team 

En español abajo.

The slideshow below includes photos and information of people who went missing during the last few years in Mexico.  The photos were taken by WfP Mexico Team.

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It is important to look at these faces, and not forget them – I know I can not.  The violence does not discriminate - the victims are young, old, male, female, professionals, students, government employees, part of the armed forces, and civilians.  They, along with their families who search tirelessly for them are the human cost of failed U.S foreign policy in Mexico, These are just a few of the tens of thousands of people that have been killed since the launch of Mexico’s war against drug cartels in 2006. 

Apart from demanding the U.S stop military aid to Mexico that is funding this war with training and equipment through the Merida Initative, please sign this petition urging President Obama take action to curb gun trafficking to Mexico.

For more information about the disappeared, please read the latest Human Rights Watch report: Mexico: Crisis of Enforced Disappearances .

Please keep checking back to Witness for Peace’s blog for more articles about the Drug War, and upcoming blogs from the Mexico Team

English Translations of Images:
Photo 1: Jesús Israel Moreno Pérez, Disappeared in Chacahua, Oaxaca
Photo 2: Photos of missing young woman / Fotos de una mujer joven desaparecida
Photo 3: Disappeared Brothers from Pajacuarán, Michoacán Disappeared on September 22, 2010 in Pozarica, Veracruz : Luis Armando Trujillo Herrera, Gustavo Trujillo Herrera. Disappeared August 28, 2008 in Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero: Raúl Trujillo Herrera, Jesús Salvador Trujillo Herrera
Photo 4: Disappeared of Pajacuarán on August 28, 2008 in Atoyac de Álvarez: Raúl and Jesús Salvador Trujillo Herrera,  Joel Franco Ayala, Luis Carlos Barajas Alcázar, Rafael Cervantes Rodríguez, José Barajas, Fabio Higadera. Help us find them
Photo 5: Disappeared of Pajacuarán on September 22, 2010 in Veracruz. Jaime López Carlos, Gustavo and Luis Armando Trujillo Herrera, Gabriel Melo Uyoa. Help Us Find Them
Photo 6: Date Went Missing: December 2, 2009.  Esteban Morales Santizo.
Photo 7: Disappeared. Where are they?
Photo 8: Infinite sadness overwhelms my heart: your absence. A sad reality that my sobs tear at us.  But in my sadness I have one happiness.. that one day I will find you! Daughter: I live only to
find you! Mr. President, I ask that you demand that the Governer of Durango investigate the kidnapping of my daughter : Marazuba Teresa. Kidnapped in the capital of the state of Durango on November 29, 2010.
Photo 9: Kidnapped
Photo 10: Ivanhoe Mass Gonzalez.  Date disappeared March 14, 2010 in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, México.  We want you back!
Photo 11: Looking For: Kidnapped in Cadereyta Jiménez, Nuevo León, November 15, 2010.  Juan Manuel Salas Moreno, David Joab Ibarra Buenrostro, Jocelyn Mabel Ibarra Buenrostro, José Ángel Mejía
Photo 12: Anayeli Jiménez Hernández.  Age: 32 years old. Disappeared February 25, 2012, Xalapa, Veracruz.  Hours befote her disappearance she was receiving telephone calls from someone pressuring her to leave her home.  To the date, we do not know who are the owners of the phones nor who is responsible for her disappearance.
Photo 13: Guillermo Muñoz Roa.  Age 34.  Disappeared on November 16, 2011 in Xalapa, Veracruz.  In a meeting with friends, a group of unknown people arrived with faces covered, being physically aggressive with firearms.  They took them in some white trucks in front of witnesses.
Photo 14: Illegible
Photo 15: María Guadalupe Ortega Hernández.  Illegible
Photo 16: Armando Montano Herrera Disappeared March 19, 2012 in the neighborhood Jardines de Xalapa driving a gray Xtrail truck of Veracruz
Photo 17: Paolo Cesar Antonio Cano Montero. Paolo, son, your sons, your Brothers, your parents, and all your family, we miss you, we want you back!
Photo 18: Gemma Mavil Hernandez.  Went missing Xalapa, Veracruz, May 3, 2011.
Photo 19: May 2, 2007.  Where is he? José Rene Luna Ramírez
Photo 20: Dr. Héctor Aurelio Narváez Pérez disappeared May 29, 2011, Tamauilpas, 47 years old
Photo 21: (Poster on Top): Pamela Leticia Portillo Hernández.  July 25, 2010.  Responsible: State Police and Mexican Military.  (Middle green poster, photo of four men and one young man) They were living here in the United States. They did not escape the violence of Mexico. They went to Nuevo Laredo to go shopping and never returned home. Please help.
Photo 22: Looking for Franciso “Kiko” Guerrero. His family that loves him looks for him.  Huge reward for who can locate him.
Photo 23: Where are they?  Missing woman Nuevo León.  Mónica, Coral, Cindy, Judith, Juanita
Photo 24: Mario Jorge Tovar Martínez. Disappeared May 14, 2008.  Juan Manuel Ortiz Rodríguez.  Disappeared February 26, 2009.
Photo 25: Mauricio Aguilar Leroux.  Went missing Córdoba, Veracruz. May 27, 2011
Photo 26: Hector Cazares, Rubén Luna, Alberto Cazares.  Kidnapped
Photo 27: Photos from a memorial of victims in Cuernavaca, México.
Photo 28: I am their grandmother.  Not distance or time will separate me from them
Photo 29: Guillermo Gustavo Navarro Campos. Violently killed June 16, 2010.  We ask for justice in the face of impunity
Photo 30: We’ve had it up to here! To the governor of Nuevo León we ask for a solution to our problem of our son’s kidnapping : ‘The Galactic Cowboy’
Photo 31: They (males and females) have a name
Photo 32: Rodolfo Cazares: Father and son


La presentación de diapositivas a continuación incluye fotos e información de personas desaparecidas durante los últimos años en México. Las fotos fueron tomadas por el equipo de México de Acción Permanente por la Paz.

Es importante observar bien estas caras, y no olvidarlas - yo personalmente nunca podré hacerlo. La violencia no discrimina - las víctimas son jóvenes, ancianos, hombres, mujeres, profesionales, estudiantes, empleados del gobierno, miembros de las fuerzas armadas o de la población civil. Los desaparecidos y sus familias, que los buscan sin descanso, son el costo humano de la fallida política externa de EE.UU. en México. Las personas de estas fotos también son algunas de las miles de personas que han sido asesinadas en México desde el inicio de la guerra de contra las drogas y el crimen organizado en el 2006.

Además de exigir que EE.UU. descontinúe su asistencia militar a México – ya que la Iniciativa Mérida financia esta guerra por medio de entrenamientos y equipo militar - por favor firme esta petición
exigiendo al Presidente Obama que tome medidas para frenar el tráfico de armas a México.

Para obtener más información acerca de l@s desaparecid@s, por favor lea el último informe de Human Rights Watch: México: Crisis de desapariciones forzadas

Por favor continúe visitando el blog de Acción Permanente por la Paz para tener acceso a más artículos acerca de la guerra contra las drogas, y otros temas de interés en México.

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