Relatives Remember the Missing in Western Mexico

LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE — GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Human rights activists and relatives of the missing held a ceremony this weekend to remember those who have disappeared in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, placing photographs in trees to ensure that society does not forget their loved ones.

Photos of some of the more than 3,000 people listed as missing in Jalisco were placed in the branches of trees in the Andador Chapultepec, one of the best known and most transited areas in Guadalajara, the state capital, on Saturday.

“We’re doing a public denunciation so the people who pass by will learn about what’s happening, about every case,” Teresa Sordo, a member of the Bordamos por la Paz grassroots organization, told EFE.

Mothers and other relatives wore t-shirts or carried posters with photos of sons, cousins or other missing relatives among the thousands of people passing through the district.

The demonstrators urged passersby to write the names of people they know disappeared on a list, with the green sheets of paper to later be hung on trees like leaves.

A total of 847 women and 2,332 men have disappeared in Jalisco in the past 10 years, with only 20 percent of missing person cases reported, Sordo said, citing state government figures.

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