THE OTHER PANDEMIC
During the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the period alone from March 16 to April 30, 2020, there were 405 women victims of feminicides in Mexico.
Rising levels of stress, economic and food insecurity and isolation from Covid-19 have dramatically increased levels of domestic violence in Mexico and require immediate action to protect women at risk.
DE LA AUSENCIA GERMINAN FLORES
When you type the word « Feminicide » on your keyboard, the red dashes of the spell checker appear. A word that still sounds like a pipe dream, an unreported fact, a misfortune of society. Yet it gangrenes like an epidemic in many countries. An open wound with which women all over the world must conjugate daily. According to the UN there are 10 women killed every day in Mexico and more than 95% of the cases of violence observed, unpunished. Fatima, Ingrid, Victoria ... the list of victims is long and continues to spill much ink in the Mexican national press.
HASTA ENCONTRAR LOS
In a country where thousands of people seem to have "evaporated" from the face of the earth, the search for the missing had to be made by the civilians themselves. Faced with the indolence of the local authorities (often involved in the disappearances), the mothers, wives, daughters or sisters of those who did not return home, had no choice but to survey the false clandestine and deal with the government to find the bodies of the missing. Since 2014, more than 70 collectives and organizations have sprung up across Mexico. Composed mainly of women, these civilian groups have found more than 4,000 bodies since the start of their research.
Since 1995, in Veracruz Mexico, a small group of women known as "Las Patronas" have taken it on themselves to feed the migrants of Central America who ride "La Bestia", a heavy freight train, to reach American borders.
They are sisters, neighbors or cousins, and within the walls of a reconverted oil plant, the patronas cook the precious meal bags that will be distributed to the migrants as the train passes by.
Only certainty for these volunteers : up to 3 trains a day, and a lifelong effort for a a fleeting moment of love snatched on the edge of the train tracks.