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Mexico: Mother shot dead while searching for her missing daughter


Esmeralda Gallardo had been searching for her missing daughter for 20 months. Now unknown people have killed the activist – and the UN Human Rights Office in Mexico is accusing the authorities.

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A woman who has been searching for her missing daughter since 2021 has been shot dead in Mexico.

Activist Esmeralda Gallardo was killed in Puebla, central Mexico, local authorities said on Tuesday (local time).

The woman was stopped in the morning on her way to work by strangers who shot her several times.

Gallardo, an activist with the association »La Voz de los Desaparecidos« (The Voice of the Disappeared), had been searching for her 22-year-old daughter for more than a year.

This was last seen in January 2021 with a friend in Puebla and in the neighboring state of Tlaxcala.

The two young women disappeared in an area where gangs specialized in trafficking women operate.

criticism of the authorities

The UN Human Rights Office in Mexico condemned the act.

It said in a statement that Gallardo had "provided relevant information regarding her daughter's disappearance that was not effectively considered in the search or investigation of the crime."

The public prosecutor's office in Puebla promised to solve the case "as soon as possible".

The group "La Voz de los Desaparecidos" then called on the authorities "to refrain from superficial speeches and to guarantee the safety of the victims and the rights and safety of the families of the disappeared".

More than 100,000 people have disappeared in the Latin American country since 2006, when then-President Felipe Calderón sent the military into the drug war.

Since December 2018 alone, when the governing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office, more than 30,000 people have been reported missing.

From the end of November 2021 to the end of March this year, 2700 people disappeared, 22 people a day.

Activists estimate the number could be higher because many families choose not to report it out of fear or distrust of authorities.


Source: spiegel

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