Missing in Mexico: Families of Disappeared Women Undertake The Viacrucis (Luz del Carmen Sosa, EL DIARIO DE JUÁREZ)

This article was first published by the Diario de Juárez on 19 April 2014. It has been translated without permission for the Mexican Journalism Translation Project (MxJTP).

The translation of this article is dedicated to the work of Dr. Alfredo Limas Hernández, professor at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) and co-director of the Observatorio de Violencia Social, Genero, y Juventud. PT


Families of Missing Women from Ciudad Juárez on the Viacrucis (Photo: Diario de Juárez).

Families of Missing Women from Ciudad Juárez on the Viacrucis (Photo: Diario de Juárez).


Families of Disappeared Women Undertake The Viacrucis
By Luz del Carmen Sosa (EL DIARIO DE JUÁREZ)

On Good Friday the families of missing young women performed a viacrucis beginning in the “Maricela Escobedo” Center for Women’s Justice, ending at the local office of the state prosecutor.

The march brought together families that, months before, had walked to Chihuahua City, as well as representatives of social groups.

“For many years this has been our Viacrucis: asking authorities to pursue the cases of our disappeared daughters, and demanding justice if they turn up dead,” said José Luis Castillo, father to minor Esmeralda Castillo, who has been missing for five years, since the age of thirteen.

The group met at ten o’clock in the morning outside the Women’s Justice Center and walked the streets around Sanders Avenue, given that the train was blocking vehicle traffic. [Translator’s note: the proximity of the train that runs through Juárez to Avenida Sanders can clearly be seen, here.]

“From north to south, from east to west, whatever it takes we will search for our daughters,” shouted men and women whose long campaign has been to find their daughters.

And yesterday they walked down Juan Gabriel Avenue carrying a pink cross bearing words in black letters, “God be with the mothers of missing young women, and with those who have been found lifeless.”

“This march shows the authorities our daily viacrucis, one we have been on for the past five years. The authorities promised to do a job, to look for our daughters, alive. The authorities have gone on holiday but have failed to fulfill the work they promised to undertake. That’s why we have to remind them of the work they must do, to find our daughters alive,” said José Luis Castillo.

Journalist Luz del Carmen Sosa reports for the Diario de Juárez, and is a co-founder of the Red de Periodistas de Juárez. This article first appeared under the title, “Familias de desaparecidas realizan su Viacrucis,” available at: http://diario.mx/Local/2014-04-18_9f10549c/familias-de-desaparecidas-realizan-su-viacrucis/.

Translator Patrick Timmons is a human rights investigator and journalist. He edits the Mexican Journalism Translation Project (MxJTP), a quality selection of Spanish-language journalism about Latin America rendered into English. Follow him on Twitter @patricktimmons.

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