"The bloodshed and the breakdown of law in Mexico is directly caused by the US-backed drug war. The government has spent more than $2 billion taxpayer dollars on escalating the violence in Mexico under the "Merida Initiative". I´m a US citizen who has lived in Mexico many years, and I'm convinced that instead of saying "poor Mexico" we should demand that our Congress cut off the funds to the same corrupt police and military that are often responsible for these disappearances, end the Merida Initiative and send this money to our schools and communities." LC
New York Times: Rosa González cannot shake the memory of the state investigator who was too afraid of reprisals to take a full report, the police officer who shrugged when the ransom demand came, the months of agonizing doubt and, most of all, the final words from her daughter before she disappeared.
“I am giving you a hug because I love you so much,” her mentally disabled daughter, Brizeida, 23, told Rosa hours before she was abducted with her 21-year-old cousin after a party more than two years ago.