Between the violent war on drugs and the murder rate in Mexico steadily increasing each year, citizens have experienced an inconcievable amount of devastation in recent years. In 2014, 43 college students were kidnapped and allegedly murdered while attending a protest in Iguala, Mexico. The parents of the young adults were never given credible answers as to what happened to their children, but now five years later the search for the truth has begun again.
When many people think of the most devastating conflicts currently playing themselves out around the globe, they often jump to the war in Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen. Although Syria’s civil war did result in the most fatalities in 2016 (an estimated 50,000 people), the second-deadliest conflict occurred much closer to home and was accompanied by a shockingly low amount of reporting – Mexico’s drug war.
In a country that has been battling extreme drug-related violence in a seemingly endless war, mixed opinions regarding the government’s action parallel the uncertainty that surrounds the country’s future. “El regreso del Chapo,” a narcocorrido sung by El Komander begins with the following idolization of one of Mexico’s most infamous perpetrators, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Lorea:
“No hay chapo que no sea bravo"
Así lo dice el refrán