The Route of the Clandestine Graves in Mexico

There is in Mexico a dance of numbers of clandestine graves and the people found there, and the unique certain it is that the data cross almost all the country.

It does not matter how many reports the Government releases. The reality defeats the official numbers, time after time.


Again, the most recent cases happened in Guerrero. This time it was at Leonardo Bravo municipality, close to Chilpancingo, one of the most important cities in the state. The federal Police found a clandestine grave with 19 bodies and parts of the bodies charred, reported Mexican newspapers as Reforma and La Jornada.

Before that case, I asked the Mexican Government how many clandestine graves were found, where and how many people were there.

Between 2006 until November, 2015, there were 814 dead people found in clandestine graves, revealed the General Attorney Office (PGR, in Spanish) and the Federal Police in a transparency report signed by Elia Barbara Lugo Delgado.

The documents just report the number of dead people found in the clandestine graves, as well as the municipalities, but not the number of bodies that were at each grave.

Just in Guerrero, the authorities found 211 bodies, mostly in Acapulco, 104; Iguala de Independencia, 70; Eduardo Neri, 19, and Zitlala, 13.

It was in Iguala de Indepedencia where 43 young students disappeared in 2014. This is a scandal that the Mexican Government can’t explain yet.

Other states where bodies were found in clandestine graves are Jalisco, 100; Sinaloa, 97; Chihuahua, 62; Veracruz, 49; Michoacan, 33, and Sonora, 26.

All those states are considered dangerous by the Mexican Government, as I reported in my article “Is It Safe to Travel to Mexico?”.

…And the Army

I requested the same report from the Army and there is something interesting.

Between 2006 to March 3rd, 2011, that institution does not have statistics about clandestine graves, said the document signed by David Estudillo Rea, responsible of the Transparency at Defense Secretary (Sedena, in Spanish).

The Sedena indicates that since March 4th, 2011, until February 20th, 2014, there were 246 clandestine graves found with 534 bodies, but the institution did not break down the information by states nor municipalities.

After that, the Army stopped making statistics, because it is the responsibility of the General Attorney Office.

There is so much information to be revealed, because it looks like the authorities are doing separate work.

Tijuana, Baja California, is not in the reports of the Mexican authorities, but between 2010 and 2013 there were three clandestine graves found at least. Even, Santiago Meza Lopez, El Pozolero de El Teo, confessed that he disappeared around 300 people that were killed by orders of Teodoro Garcia Pimental, El Teo.

Besides, at January 2nd of this year, the Mayor of Temixco, Guerrero, Gisela Mota, was murdered. Before the find the principal suspicious, the state police found five bodies in the community Alpuyeca, again, in a clandestine grave.

There are other towns or cities where the press reported that some bodies or part of human bodies were found, but some cases were investigated by the local police.

For now, if we mix the information of the Sedena and PGR, around 60 percent of the clandestine graves and the bodies were found in the last four years.

However the question is still the same: Are those all the graves?


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