More than 60,000 ‘disappeared’ in Mexico’s drug war
January 8, 2020 By Staff
TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA
MEXICO: Since the beginning of Mexico’s war on drugs in 2006, more than 60,000 people have been disappeared, new figures released by authorities revealed. The new estimate is much higher than the prior known number of 40,000 disappeared people. In 2019 alone, more than 5,000 people were disappeared. At a news conference on Monday, the head of the National Search Commission Karla Quintana said “these are data of horror.” Almost 75 percent of the disappeared are men, the majority of whom are between 20 to 29 years old.
Working to find tens of thousands of missing people in the country, the National Search Commission has uncovered 873 burial graves and 1,124 corpses. The national search effort has been at work for 13 months, and has yet to identify two-thirds of the bodies that were discovered. 243 of the bodies have been returned to the families of the victims. A little over 60 percent of the graves were discovered in the states of Sinaloa, Colima, Veracruz, Guerrero and Jalisco.
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