Reblog from Casita Colibri: The living, the dead and the missing

Bloqueos are also about this! The living, the dead and the missing: The students from Ayotzinapa.

I hesitate to reblog this post from Casita Colibri because it portrays the ugly underbelly of Mexico. It is not the perception of Mexico that I like to convey. I’d rather talk about the beauty of Oaxaca and the mastery of her artisans, as would most of us who call this home for part or all the year.

Yet it is real and about real people. At the same time, would-be visitors are afraid to travel here because of news like this. And, at the same time, the new United States Congress is purchased by Koch Brothers monied interests and elections take on a new and different meaning about representing the voice of the people.

I will leave it to the reader to come to his/her own conclusions.



4 responses to “Reblog from Casita Colibri: The living, the dead and the missing

  1. Thanks for addressing this, Norma. Hopefully any potential visitors will realize that this violence has never been directed towards tourists. But also people will hopefully realize that Mexico is more than just an exotic, colorful, inexpensive place to live or travel- it’s an incredibly complex society with a deeply troubled history (which the US has had plenty to do with, from Guadalupe Hildago to NAFTA and beyond).

    The violence & problems are heartbreaking to witness for those of us who know & love Mexico– but we know they do not translate into a danger for tourists or expats. So I think that by presenting the reality you’re doing a service. If people dig a bit deeper they will have a better understanding, and therefore a more profound appreciation of Mexico, her culture & her people.

    • Jenny, thanks for adding your insightful comments here. Yes, I do not feel anymore at risk here than I do in the United States. Yet, there is an undercurrent here that is different. You point to the complexity of Mexico accurately. She was born from different parentage and has yet to stabilize politically. It is a wonderful country with many problems — just like ours. And, yes, Mexico’s neighbor to the north has contributed to this. All my best, Norma

  2. Thank-you, Norma
    I need a realistic report re. safety because the press is really scary and unreliable. With loved ones living in Oaxaca, I am so interested in the fullness of life there.
    I’m right with you on the sad (and other adjectives) state of the U.S. being run by huge money, etc

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