'A country now of mass graves': The gruesome details of Mexico's escalating drugs war

‘A country now of mass graves’ Mexico’s escalating drugs war

It is a country where so many people are being killed that there simply isn’t enough room to bury all the bodies.

Escalating violence from Mexico’s ongoing drug wars has seen more than 17,000 people killed this year alone. That’s almost 80 a day – a higher rate at the height of the notoriously ferocious violence in the mid to late-2000s.

Last week’s discovery of an innocuous refrigerated truck offered a gruesome portrait of the escalating crisis. The truck, found parked near the city of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, was laden with 157 decaying bodies. Locals complained about the smell of rotting flesh – but city officials said there was no room left in the morgue to store them.

Mexico expert Professor Barry Carr, from La Trobe University’s Institute of Latin American Studies, said there are several reasons behind the surge in violence which has seen 200,000 people killed by the drugs war since 2006.

“One of the many reasons why people are being killed in such large numbers is that the drug cartels are fighting among themselves,” he told nine.com.au.

As they fragment into new cartels, the level of violence gets even greater. The government’s war on drugs to some degree only increases this problem. When a leader is captured, the rivals of that leader simply emerge to take over.

In the last 10 to 12 years there’s been an increase in the fragmentation of drug cartels which has certainly led to an increase in the number of people being killed. Prof Carr said there […]

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