"38 thousand 891 unidentified bodies have passed through one of the country's Forensic Medical Services (Semefo) between 2006 and 2019".
Thirty-eight thousand eight hundred and ninety-one.
The story published by Quinto Elemento Lab it’s truly saddening. Behind each of those 38,891 bodies, there is a family that has suffered from violence and is searching the country's fields and mountains, with the only hope of finding the last whereabouts of their loved one. Semefo has buried 27,271 non-identified bodies alone in common graves.
How many families continue searching for a loved one whose body was buried by the state? Many endanger their lives in the quest, often under the threat of cartels. Every month some even die because they want to know why their brother, daughter, father... did not return home.
Any discussions about the balance of AMLO's government should begin with the data from this document. It was obvious that the government couldn’t solve Mexico's structural problems in two years. What this research by Quinto Elemento Lab makes clear, though, is the lack of government action and attention to such a key and basic issue.
It is inappropriate to speak of any other accomplishment or achievement by a government that, after failing to protect its citizens from violence, cannot identify the dead bodies in the country's morgues.
When the president presents himself every morning as a man of action, repeating his will to change the country for the most humble, how does he explain that the Mexican State is not capable of implementing a simple and fast database system for family members to -at least- know the whereabouts of their relatives?
Mexico is a country with solid institutions and world-class universities, so the problem is not technical or material. Rather, it is a lack of commitment from the government and attention to family members who continue to search for their loved ones, who were unprotected by the government in the first place.
The denial of attention to the victims that has characterized Mexico since 2006 finds its strongest manifestation in this statistic: "There are 6,869 corpses that lack information about the year in which they entered Semefo. In one out of three cases, the experts did not even take the time (or did not have the time) to establish the gender of the deceased".
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