The Wrong Side: Drug-Related Violence in Mexico
Jérôme Sessini explores the drug-related violence at the U.S. border in Mexico where drug cartels wage war on the streets
In Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city along the US border of 1,5 million souls, you have more chances of being killed then in Baghdad. For the sole year 2009, there were 2,657 ‘executions’ counted .
There are around 8,000 soldiers stationed in the city to reinforce police forces but fear has spread amongst the population where the crime rate is of 163 murders for 1,000 inhabitants. Rivalry between gangs controlling the drug market, violence within jobless families relying on relatives to send them money from the other side of the frontier, as well as the overwhelming presence of the cartels infiltrating state authorities and ransoming anyone from street vendors to corrupted officials has sent Ciudad Juarez in a seemingly endless spiral of violence.