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Meanwhile... in Guerrero, Mexico

"I can defend myself with a gun, not with a book." Boys between six and 15 have joined a local militia in Mexico to push back against drug cartels.

A child militia stands strong

Alexander is a member of the child militia in Guerrero, Mexico. “I joined this group to protect our town,” he explains. He confirms that he is capable and has fired a gun before. He was asked how he felt the first time he fired it which he replied, “I was afraid but now there's no fear when I use it.” In Mexico, Alexander is marching, weapons in hand, surrounded by some 20 kids in the streets of his village. This is not an uncommon sight for his town. “I can defend myself with the gun, I can't with a book,” Alexander declares. The kids are between 6 and 15 years old, and they’ve just joined a local militia responsible for the villagers’ safety.

A day in the life of a child in the militia

That day, instead of going to school, Alexander and the other children are learning how to use weapons to fight and defend themselves against criminal groups, such as Los Ardillos’ local cartel. “I actually wanted to go to school but now we can't. The school we go to is where the Ardillos go, so we can't go. That's why our only option was to join the police to defend our town,” he shares. This is taking place in the heart of the Mexican state Guerrero, the largest opium producer in Mexico, where massacres and kidnappings are part of these children’s daily lives.

A few days before the children took up weapons, the local cartel was suspected of murdering 10 members of the village. After a local media broadcast this footage, the Guerrero government asked the militia training the children to respect the rights of minors. Héctor Astudillo Flores, Governor of Guerrero, states, “There is great anger, which is understandable, but it’s also our duty to make an appeal so that the children, according to the Mexican Constitution, are protected.”

“We want justice, we want the guilty to be caught, those who are massacring our people.”

In 2019, the homicide rate in Mexico hit a record high of 34,582 which means four people are killed every hour. Javier Sicilia, a poet, claims, “It’s a disgrace that nobody has assumed or addressed a correct state policy, so the pain, the death, the brutal crimes continue happening day by day, and are sadly increasing.” The country has been riddled with organized crime and drug trafficking since the 1990s.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, acknowledges, “The majority of these criminal acts are committed by young drug traffickers.” In Mexico, the war on drugs is mostly fought at a local level. Since 2011, civilians have been forming self-defense militias to denounce the inaction and corruption of law enforcement. “We’re protected because they’re here. We feel protected, it's a good thing that they’re here. But we don't want soldiers or police officers because they’re too violent. However, some vigilante groups ended up being infiltrated by members of the cartels,” Guadalupe Melgar Perez, an Antunez resident shares.

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02/02/2020 10:57
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243 commentaires

  • Lorenzo A.
    13/03/2020 18:54

    verga

  • Sandra J.
    13/03/2020 00:38

    Pobres criaturas. Que infamia los mandan al matadero

  • Frank L.
    12/03/2020 23:24

    Allá quiero que llegue el coronavirus i acabe con esos diarreicos

  • Jeremy T.
    12/03/2020 22:45

    Doing something the parents should have a long time ago

  • Derrick D.
    12/03/2020 21:50

    Just making a new cartel

  • Freddy R.
    12/03/2020 18:09

    Que dirá de esto el famoso ÁMALO que cambia BAlas X. ABRAZOS la idiotes más grande de un cuentero populista

  • Amelia H.
    12/03/2020 13:16

    Esto no puede pasar no es justo

  • James F.
    12/03/2020 12:17

    Need this here to fight corrupt cops

  • McOrlas K.
    12/03/2020 02:53

    That's a lie

  • Luis S.
    11/03/2020 23:57

    Q tristeza eso pasa dónde los gobiernos no exigen educación a los niños y claro cuando los padres no tienen para enviarlos ala escuela y claro ellos no tienen culpa a dónde vamos a parar

  • Jose A.
    11/03/2020 17:34

    Esos ninos los estan entrenando para sicarios eso todo mundo lo save en Mexico

  • Özkan K.
    11/03/2020 16:25

    They are creating new cartels for the future. The MS13 had the same idea when it was found to protect their streets against gangs. I hope it turns out good this time.

  • Cristian V.
    11/03/2020 15:22

    This is the american way, I stand by local militias

  • Manuel H.
    11/03/2020 14:28

    I don't trust a video payed for the cia..

  • Les L.
    11/03/2020 12:07

    Lamentable

  • Armon M.
    11/03/2020 09:08

    Need to rezone up

  • Drew S.
    11/03/2020 01:27

    Can the a-bois investigating me please drop these guys a decent crate? Those bolt action and break action fudd Ruckers ain’t gonna do well up against the cartel

  • Mauro P.
    10/03/2020 22:55

    Eso esta. Bien para tener un pueblo bien no importa tener. Mejor armas si nó la portería

  • Iden G.
    10/03/2020 22:07

    Eso es loke esta asiendo la delincuensia ke uno no dependa del govierno

  • Jeremaih S.
    10/03/2020 16:31

    Bro let da females join to soo y’all army can be bigger cause the cartel ain’t no joke but good luck

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