Press Release 10 May 2020, Saltillo, Coahuila. Ninth Mothers’ Day March–Searching for Our Missing Children.

United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila (FUUNDEC), United Forces for Our Disappeared in Mexico (FUNDEM) and Human Rights Centre Fray Juan de Larios

One more year, the mothers of the disappeared spent Mother’s Day searching for their disappeared children and husbands. It is another year in which they continue to demand the Mexican State for access to truth and justice. For the last ten years, the Mexican State continues to ignore these demands and has shown insensibility to the suffering of mothers from Mexico, Central America and other parts of the world.

No matter how much time has passed since their disappearance, the mothers of the disappeared want to tell them as well as state authorities at all levels and to all the people in the world that they will continue fighting to find their relatives. These mothers remain hopeful that they will be able to bring their sons and daughters back home in order to bring back life into their homes.

The current Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, declared that the search for the disappeared was his top priority since the beginning of his administration. Yet, until today, and 40 days after the start of the measures undertaken to control the spread of COVID-19, the families of the missing ones have not witnessed any firm actions that mark the difference between this administration and previous ones. In fact, the families see continuities, particularly the continuation of the pretense to search for the missing ones and the management of pain through institutionalized terror and torture. This includes the large economic projects such as the Mayan Train, which will affect indigenous people and the environment, which are already under attack.

In the context of the pandemic, the State Attorney’s Office and the National Search Commission only invite a few people and grassroot organizations for virtual discussions regarding the search for the missing ones while excluding the families of the more than 60 000 missing people in Mexico using the pandemic as an excuse. FUUNDEC, FUNDEM and the Centre Fray Juan de Larios also raise questions about the way in which the Attorney’s Office and the Commission will work with the families from Central America in this context, which lack the means to communicate via internet.

The pandemic exposed the actions of previous governments that deteriorated the infrastructure necessary to exercise social rights such as the right to health while feeding the need for profit of large industrial and financial companies. The latter continue their search for profit at the expense of human beings and the environment.

These moments show us how human beings can be, at times, predators hurting our planet. This is time of pandemic is the time to give birth to ourselves as humanity, ask for forgiveness to mother earth, and reconcile with all the sentient beings. This the time give birth to places for life and hope. This is the moment to give back to the people the truth and justice that disappeared with the missing ones.

The search for the disappeared becomes more complex in the context of the pandemic. Despite this complexity, the mothers continue to search for their missing ones. Nine years ago, FUUNDEC and FUNDEM started this march with other families and grassroots organizations from Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato and Queretaro. After almost a decade, Mother’s Day has become a space for encounters, collective denunciation and articulated proposals. These mothers will never stop searching for their children.

The mothers of the disappeared demand:

  • The return of more than 60000 disappeared people back to their homes.
  •  An extraordinary mechanism for forensic identification
  • An international mechanism against impunity
  • The end of disappearances in the country.

 

“In tireless search”

“They took them alive, and we want them alive”

FUUNDEC, FUNDEM, Centro Fray Juan de Larios

Contact information HIDALGO SUR 166 ZONA CENTRO. SALTILLO, COAHUILA. TELS:(844) 412-37-84 EXT. 137 C.E.dhsaltillo.desapariciones@gmail.com

 

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