The Aftermath of a Disappearance


On September 26, 2014, at Guerrero state, 43 students of the Ayotzinapa teaching school were kidnaped by municipal police in the city of Iguala and delivered to a group of organized crime linked with the local mayor José Luis Abarca, a drug cartel called "Guerreros Unidos" to be executed and incinerated, finally, their remains were thrown into a river, according the authorities of the mexican government.

Although Mexico has many violent incidents, the case of the 43 missing students has been the most serious crisis for the current Mexican government led by the president Enrique Peña Nieto. For months people have taken the streets to protest this tragedy, the protests have led to clashes with police and the boycott of elections in Tixtla, Guerrero state municipality. According experts from the CIDH, the government's version of the facts about what happened with the students is wrong. 

57,000 people were executed/killed and 12,500 disappeared during the first half of the government of Peña Nieto. More than 30,000 persons are missing and more than 160,000 have been killed as consequence of the violence in Mexico since 2007, more civilian deaths than the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan together.


Funded by Art Works Projects through the Emerging Lens Award. 

Parents of 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa standing in front of anti-riot state police during a rally to avoid the midterm elections in Guerrero.

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The crowd in front of the National Palace during a rally in Mexico City claiming for the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa teaching school.

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People stand with signs on the street in Mexico City during a rally on the first anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students.

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Protesters clash against the police in Zócalo square during a rally in Mexico City claiming for the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa.

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Portraits of other students killed the nitght of September 26, 2014, as an offering in the basketball court at the Ayotzinapa teaching school.

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A wall painted with the faces of some of the 43 missing students and a sign that says: "In Mexico a person disappears every two hours".

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Parents of the 43 missing students getting ready to leaving the Ayotzinapa teaching school to go to Mexico City for meeting with president Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Parents of missing 43 students inside a bus on the way to Mexico City to meet with president Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Anti-riot state police form a roadblock near the Chilpancingo-Tixtla highway. Skirmishes have occurred as police inspect the buses transport protesters and the parents of the missing students to Mexico City.

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State police checks the buses that transport the families of missing students to Mexico City for events to mark the first anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa teaching school.

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Students of the Ayotzinapa teaching school march in Tixtla during a rally claiming for the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa.

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Masked men standing in a roadblock to avoid the passage of political propaganda into Tixtla as a protest the disappearance of the 43 students.

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A member of camp of teachers during a demonstration in Chilpancingo in front of a sign that says "There will not be elections".

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Two masked men armed with slingshots in a roadblock at the entrance of Colonia Guerrero, during a clash between residents the election day in Tixtla.

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Locals of Tixtla getting ready early in the morning for a rally against elections claiming for the 43 missing students.

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Residents burn electoral ballots in the streets of the town the day of the elections day in Tixtla as a protest the disappearance of students

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A view of the mountains of Guerrero, where poppy plantations, drug cartels and mass graves are common. More than 26,000 people have disappeared in Mexico over the last decade.

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Members of the self-defense crew watch over the entrance of the Ayotzinapa teaching school.

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Che Guevara's face painted on a wall at Ayotzinapa college, that is characterized by its communist and socialist ideology, many walls are decorated with paintings of revolutionary figures like Che Guevara and mexican guerrilla leader Lucio Cabañas, who studied at this school.

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A group of people paste posters during a rally to avoid political propaganda and elections Tixtla as a protest the disappearance of the 43 missing students.

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A helicopter of the mexican navy flies over Tixtla, during the afternoon a day before the mid-term elections in Guerrero.

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Parents of the missing students stand in front of the crowd in Zócalo square in Mexico City during a rally on the first anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa.

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Classmates of the Ayotzinapa disappeared students pasting posters with the faces of their friends in Tixtla main square.

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A man stand on the street in Tixtla near a sign about the 43 Ayotzinapa missing students. Around 18 of the 43 were from this town.

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