With contributions from seven of Mexico's finest journalists, this is reportage at its bravest and most necessary - it has the power to change the world's view of their country, and by the force of its truth, to start to heal the country's many sorrows. Supported the Arts Council Grant's for the Arts Programme and by PEN Promotes Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the last ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure (more than 160,000 lives have been lost). The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion, corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap and inconvenient people - the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive - can be disappeared leaving t a trace behind (in September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as t located ). Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Diego Enrique Osor and Juan Villoro tell stories of teenage prostitution and Mexico's street children. Anabel Hernandez and Emilia Ruiz Parra give chilling accounts of the disappearance of forty-three students and the murder of a self-educated land lawyer. Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez and Marcela Turati dissect the impact of the violence on the victims and those left behind, while Lydia Cacho contributes a journal of what it is like to live every day of your life under threat of death. Reading these accounts we begin to understand the true nature of the meltdown of democracy, obscured by lurid headlines, and the sheer physical and intellectual courage needed to oppose it.
Anabel Hernandez, Diego Enrique Osorno, Elena Poniatowska, Emiliano Ruiz Parra, Juan Villoro, Lydia Cacho, Marcela Turati, Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez