Saturday, April 30, 2011

One Positive Element of Mexican Insecurity

Vacations in Mexico City, which until relatively recently enjoyed a reputation (which was basically unjustified, but whatever) as one of the scariest places in the nation, were evidently off the charts this Semana Santa. Leads like this one would have been all-but-unthinkable five years ago:
Getting away from Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí, allowed María Hernández and Teresa Ramírez to spend at least a few days without hearing the gunfights that now form part of the daily soundtrack in the region where they live.

For them, this vacation in Semana Santa turned into an opportunity to avoid hearing news of kidnappings of neighbors, of acquaintances, of friends. They got away from Ciudad Valles to take a break from that violence that immersed itself in their daily lives for the past couple of years.

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