More than 100,000 people in Mexico have been officially listed as “missing” by the government.
Following the release of the latest data, a group of desperate family members called on officials to step up their efforts to help victims of violence related to organized crime.
In the last two years, the number of missing persons in the national register of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which has been maintained since 1964, has increased from about 73,000 to more than 100,000, most of them men.
Most of them are between 15 and 30 years old from low-income families, the National Search Commission (CNB) said last year.
“It’s unbelievable that the number of disappearances is still rising,” said Virginia Garay, whose son disappeared in 2018 in Nayarit on the Pacific coast.
Ms. Harry is now working with families in a group called Warriors Searching for Our Treasures to try to find missing loved ones.
It is one of about 130 groups of civil society engaged in such work, which sometimes involves even the excavation of mass graves.
“The government is not doing enough to find them,” she said, taking matters into her own hands.
The CNB has increased transparency regarding missing people, but prosecutors are making little effort to investigate the perpetrators, according to Human Rights Watch’s annual report on Mexico in 2021.
According to the organization, many such incidents are behind the police, military and criminal groups.
Cases have intensified since 2007, after former President Felipe Calderon put the army on the streets to fight the drug dealer.
This has sparked a wave of violence that the current administration is still struggling with.
A report last week also showed that the number of missing migrants in Mexico has almost quadrupled in 2021 compared to 2020.
The latest figure has also come, as three journalists were killed in the country this month alone.
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