Friday, July 16, 2010

Life in Juárez

Evidently, car bombs are now being used in Juárez. The bomb in question killed two Federal Police officers and a paramedic, and injured several others. Authorities say the attack was in retaliation for the arrest of a La Línea big shot.

Also, Juárez branch of Seguro Popular, a bare-bones insurance program for poor Mexicans who are outside of the formal labor market and thus don't qualify for the public system, finds itself in the middle of a financial crisis because it has to treat so many gunshot victims. Incredibly, the institution reports that 40 percent of their patients have been shot.

Crazy to think that not so long ago, American officials were declaring the war for Juárez over.

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