Friday, April 08, 2011

Mexican families look for missing in pit victims

Relatives of people who have gone missing in Mexico's drug war are streaming to the latest epicenter of the bloody conflict, a morgue where 59 bodies are being examined after being pulled from a mass grave south of the U.S. border. Families are looking for loved ones not seen for a couple of weeks, others a few months — some as long as three years. Authorities are still not sure what kind of victims were tossed in eight separate pits found by Mexican security forces this week, but suspect at least some had been abducted from buses by gunmen starting March 25. One man waiting Thursday outside the morgue in this border city — who refused to give his name for fear of reprisals — said his uncle and a cousin left their hometown of Ciudad Valles in the central state of San Luis Potosi on March 25. They were traveling by bus to Rio Bravo in Tamaulipas state but haven't been heard from. He said they were supposed to arrive in Rio Bravo on March 26 for a two-week job watering sorghum fields. "They never made it," he said, adding that he was afraid to say anything else. "Here one is afraid to talk, here we don't talk about what happens, but we are desperate to know what happened to them."...more

No comments: