Mexico’s Drug War Prompts Exodus
Posted on Mar 26, 2011
Mexico’s drug war has been blamed for the deaths of more than 34,000 people, and now comes a report showing that the violence has uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people south of the border, with many of them thought to have fled to the U.S. —JCL
About 230,000 people have been displaced in Mexico because of drug violence, and about half of them may have taken refuge in the United States, a new study has revealed.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre [IDMC] based its report, released this week, on studies by local researchers.
The Geneva-based organisation noted that the Mexican government does not compile its own figures on people who have had to leave their homes because of turf battles between drug gangs.
AP / Dario Lopez-Mills
Residents who fled drug violence in the Mexican town of Ciudad Mier crowd a shelter in nearby Miguel Aleman last November.