On the night of September 26th 2014 forty three children, with an average age of 19 years, were disappeared by local and federal police in Iguala Mexico. The group of students were from some of Mexico’s most destitute regions and were studying to be teachers in the rural communities from which they came.
The Peña Nieto administration hoped the country would forget the atrocity and move on; yet, the case has become an international scandal and an embarrassment for the president and for Mexico. The official story cynically put forth by the government has been determined by American Commission on Human Rights to be physically impossible. In addition the story was wrought with lies, cover ups and confessions obtained through torture. When this committee began to ask difficult questions, or request access to military personnel and prisoners their request were denied. The government then began a smear campaign against both the committee and its members through Mexican media outlets.
The fight for justice continues for the parents of the 43 children who have vowed to fight for the return of their children or at least legitimate evidence concerning their actual fate. Shortly before the first anniversary of this terrible event I sat with at least one of the parents of each student to take their portraits and hear them speak about the internationally recognised movement they’ve begun to obtain the most basic justice.