Jan 9, 2012

Mexico Drug War - Collateral Damage: Monterrey residents flee violence

La Jornada: "Once considered one of the most secure and prosperous cities in the country, Monterrey has begun to register, in recent years, the  forced  exodus of many of its inhabitants, who have sought to escape the violence.

The capital of Nuevo Leon is not unique. Tens of thousands of people from various regions, mostly in the north of the country, are directing their steps to other places to live quietly, as internal refugees. Many move to the Federal District (Mexico City).

... Although no official data is available about the exodus, the Center for Monitoring of Internal Displacement (CMID) warned that, due to the war against organized crime, some 230,000 people in Mexico have been forced to leave their places of origin, especially in states like Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Baja California, Sinaloa and Michoacán. Of these, 115 000 have emigrated to the United States. Spanish original

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