(UnitedVoice.com) – Violence has torn Mexico apart for decades. Drug cartels control much of the country and are responsible for many of the problems. A report from a Mexican website recently highlighted a horrifying issue in the nation.
On August 9, AFN Tijuana News reported that between 2017 and 2022, more than 300 adolescents and children have been murdered in Baja California, Mexico. Miguel Angel Mora Marrufo, the State Human Rights Commission (ECHR) president, revealed the statistic recently.
Mora Marrufo stated that the number showed there was an increase in violence against minors. He’s requesting help from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner because Mexican authorities are not making changes to protect the kids. One of the recent murders includes a 4-year-old boy who was killed in an attack on his family in Tecate. In Ensenada, a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old were shot to death.
In 2020, reports indicated most of the murders of children go unpunished in Mexico. Experts have blamed the lack of laws related to child protection. Additionally, cartels recruit vulnerable children and put them to work in the dangerous drug and gun industry. Mexico’s Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) revealed 796 kids were murdered in the country between January and September 2019.
Juan Martin Garcia, the head of the Network for Children’s Rights in Mexico, told TeleSUR that there are about four child homicides daily in the country. He explained that only three out of every 100 investigations make it to the sentencing phase, meaning 97% of the crimes go unpunished.
The Council on Foreign Relations recently reported the North American nation is facing a crisis of violence that has killed more than 30,000 people every year since 2018. Cartels have consolidated in recent years, expanding their control, which has led to increased deaths. The Mexican government has done little to control the violence.
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