With their own blood, Mexican women demand help for victims of violence By Reuters

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2/2 © Reuters. Relatives of the disappeared protest the lack of attention from the authorities, in Mexico City 2/2

By Ana Isabel Martínez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Flora Marcelo wrote her appeal on a white wall in front of the UN human rights office in Mexico City, using a finger dipped in her own blood: “Justice for the disappeared “. At least five women joined Monday’s protest, some drawing blood with the help of a catheter, to draw attention to the plight of children and other family members who have disappeared or died amid the long-term violence. war on drugs in Mexico. Marcelo, 36, has spent weeks camping outside government offices along with dozens of other women in an attempt to highlight their cases. This protest was a “desperate” measure, he said. “They don’t listen to us and I want justice for my daughter,” Marcelo said as blood flowed from his arm through a thin plastic tube. Mexico has registered nearly 80,000 missing persons, most of them victims of gang-related violence since the beginning of the “war on drugs” in 2006. Authorities say that around half of them could be unidentified bodies in morgues. they are underfunded and ill-equipped to deal with the onslaught of homicides. Despite a new legal framework and the establishment of a national search commission, the number of disappeared continues to rise. Support groups of family members, mostly mothers, have been formed to search clandestine graves throughout the country. Marcelo, 13, disappeared in October from his home in Guerrero, one of the most violent states in Mexico. Several days later, his body was found dismembered. Marcelo discerned that it was his daughter by the clothes discovered nearby. Montserrat Ramírez, also from Guerrero, said her husband disappeared in April. For Ana María Maldonado, more than 10 years have passed since her son disappeared in Mexico City. She now wears a pin with her picture and the words, “Have you seen …?”

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