Families of victims of the drug war in Mexico share testimonies

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Phoenix, Arizona - Margarita Lopez Perez (left) and Araceli Magdalena Rodriguez (right) hold photographs of their missing children. The women are members of the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" who participated in a rally and vigil at the Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix. Both women joined the caravan in hopes to find their children and to create awareness about the violence in Mexico. Margarita's daughter, Yahaira Guadalupe Bahena Lopez, was carrying a banner with her daughter's wedding photo. Yahaira is the wife of a federal police officer. She was abducted by gunmen from her home in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. Margarita's own search led her to learn that her daughter had been killed and decapitated. Araceli Magdalena Rodriguez, the woman on the right, was holding a photograph of her son Luis Angel Leon Rodriguez, a federal police officer who went missing in November 2009. According to Araceli, authorities informed her that members of drug cartel and executed his son. None of the two mothers have confirmed their children's deaths nor recovered their bodies. The "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" stopped in Phoenix on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 as it travels across the United States as a way to create awareness in the United States about the failed drug war in Mexico that has left more than 70,000 dead. The caravan is led by Mexican poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist Javier Sicilia, whose son Juan Francisco Sicilia Ortega son was brutally murdered along with six other students in Morelos, Mexico by members of a drug cartel on March 28, 2011. In response, Sicilia created the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity --popularly known as ¡Ya Estamos Hasta la Madre! or We Have Had It!-- calling for an end the drug cartels bloodshed. Photo by Eduardo Barraza © 2012
Phoenix, Arizona - Margarita Lopez Perez (left) and Araceli Magdalena Rodriguez (right) hold photographs of their missing children. The women are members of the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" who participated in a rally and vigil at the Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix. Both women joined the caravan in hopes to find their children and to create awareness about the violence in Mexico. Margarita's daughter, Yahaira Guadalupe Bahena Lopez, was carrying a banner with...
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