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Relatives holding pictures of missing loved ones in Monterrey, Mexico, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance Relatives holding pictures of missing loved ones in Monterrey, Mexico, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance  (AFP or licensors)

Mexico: where tens of thousands disappear

Disappearances in Mexico have reached crisis point with few cases investigated and still fewer resolved.

By James Blears

In the past six months 2,789 people have officially been reported as disappearing, according to Mexico National Victims Database.


But the real number is far higher.  Many families are too frightened to blow the whistle on drug cartels for fear of retaliation, as they are often left unprotected by law and order. 

During Mexico`s twelve years drug war,  which has claimed more than quarter of a million lives,  Government Officials calculate that more than 30,000 people have forever vanished.

This doesn`t include tens of thousands of Central American migrants, who`ve disappeared  crossing Mexico, trying to reach the US Border.

Clandestine  burial sites of the narcos` victims are regularly unearthed. Yet few perpetrators are brought to justice, to answer for what amounts to mass murder on a vast scale. 

The Southern State of Veracruz has the highest rate of arrests for disappearances,  including a former Police chief, 20 Police Officers and even an ex State Attorney General.

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31 August 2018, 09:39