A march will be held in honor of the disappeared in Ayotzinapa.

The Global Action for Chihuahua movement organizes the march.

Alejandra Sánchez/El Diario

September 26, 2022

Chihuahua, Chih.- To remember and commemorate the 43 who disappeared in Ayotzinapa; today, at 4:30 in the afternoon, there will be a march, which will depart from the Glorieta de Pancho Villa to the Plaza del Ángel. This event, organized by Global Action for Ayotzinapa, aims not to forget the victims and join the demand for justice that today commemorates eight years.

Upon arriving at the square, there will be a socio-political rally. Meanwhile, in the Rural Normal “Ricardo Flores Magón” of Saucillo, a floral offering will be made on the esplanade of the school and in the Plaza del Santuario de Delicias, where white flowers and candles will be placed for the disappeared companions.

Every September 26, a demonstration is held in Mexico City demanding the clarification of the case of the 43 disappeared students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School that is located in the Municipality of Tixtla, State of Guerrero. The parents of the disappeared students lead the marches, and thousands of people participate in it along with the relatives of the disappeared students and social and political organizations that unify their claim to the cry of “Alive they took them! We want them alive!”



“I’m looking for my dad”: the video of children digging to find their missing relatives in Mexico.

In an emotional video published on Saturday, a group of children takes sticks and hoes to an area of Jalisco, Mexico, where they found human remains. In this country, there are more than 100,000 missing people. This is the story behind the video.

Isaías Alvarado / September 17 2022 / Univision Noticias

It was a spontaneous action that occurred this Saturday in Tlaquepaque, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where they found the charred remains of a person. Volunteers and groups searching for the missing paused while a bulldozer worked. During that break, several children took shovels and hoes to continue removing the earth’s surface.

“I’m looking for my dad,” was the response given by one of them to Ceci Flores, leader of the collective Madres Buscadoras de Sonora, who shared a video on Twitter that recorded the emotional participation of the minors. Ceci Flores said: “In my country, children join the searches for missing parents.”

“It is an unfortunate thing to see so many children there. We began to see that children arrived and grabbed shovels, picks, to start removing the bricks they took out of the earth,” Flores described in an interview with Univision Noticias.

 “Suddenly, it was four, five children, and then more children using shovels and taking turns because they got tired. When one of them got tired, another grabbed the shovel. They were all victims,” the activist lamented. She was also moved that a girl was collaborating without having any missing relatives. “Children show solidarity, empathy, and desire to support their peers,” she said.

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Children in search of relatives, the other side of disappearances in Mexico

DANIEL ALONSO EL PAÍS Mexico – 01 SEPT 2022 – 20:13 CDT

A report tells the stories of children whose relatives disappeared; these children search for their relatives due to the authorities’ inaction.

Fernando was five years old when he participated in his first search. Now he is ten and still remembers: “My uncle told me that a person was buried there, and we dug it up, and yes, there he was. We dug with a pick and a shovel. I didn’t think anything, I just thought about the person, that they had buried him and he was tied up and had three bullets. […] He was tortured. But I’m not scared anymore.”

This is one of the testimonies collected in the report Childhood Counts 2022: Children and Disappearances, carried out by the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (REDIM), a coalition of 72 civil organizations distributed in 18 states of the nation that has been operating since 1995. The report presented on August 30, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, has two parts. The first focuses on missing children and adolescents.

The second part of the report shows the other side of the coin: children born into families who struggle with the disappearance of a brother, a father, or an uncle.  Many of these families are forced to search for their loved ones due to the inaction of the authorities.

Tania Ramírez, director of REDIM, assures that “the disappearance crisis leaves the problem to the families of the victims. Today, disappearances, particularly, those of children and adolescents, suffer invisibility, including stigma, and silence that mourns families.”


Relatives of the disappeared during a mass at the Cathedral of Guadalajara. ROBERTO ANTILLON

Disappeared in Mexico, a problem of the past and the present

Los Ángeles Times


August 30, 2022, 2:20 PM PT

MEXICO CITY — In small groups across Mexico, relatives of more than 100,000 who disappeared demanded law enforcement effectiveness and the search for their loved ones.

Guillermo Fernández Maldonado, a representative of the United Nations Office for Human Rights, who participated in one of the marches in the capital said the figures recognized by authorities are “really huge.” He warned that “it is not something that we talked about in the past, but (that) they are serious situations that continue to happen every day.”

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, families once again walked along emblematic avenues of Mexico City with photographs of their loved ones.

They demand the government comply with the recommendations presented in April by the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which, among other measures, called for combating impunity that it described as “almost absolute” and “structural.” The Committee also urged the authorities to recognize all forms of State responsibility, whether for direct action or for complicity or omission in disappearances carried out by organized crime, which is the main perpetrator.

The most internationally known case is the 43 teaching students who disappeared in 2014 in southern Mexico. Still, they’re the lost ones. The families ask to comply with search protocols during the first hours of disappearance; the importance is to locate someone and ask for greater coordination between institutions. Although the federal government has advanced in legislation and search, it does not always have the support of state governments. The collectives that support the victims also reminded the government that more funds are needed to search and advance the extraordinary forensic identification mechanism that had just begun in three states. They also call for the launch of the National Forensic Data Bank, which, by law, should already be operational.