BBC: Mexico — the town that said ‘No’

BBC: Mexico — the town that said ‘No’

October 17 2016 — The Mexican state of Michoacan was the birth place of the Mexican drug war. The town of Cheran is much like other mainly indigenous communities, but it is unique; Cheran has no mayor, no police, and political parties are banned. There are no elections here. Cheran governs itself, after it fought […]

BBC: Pamela – one of five lives the world wants to change

September 25th 2015 – Pamela Lizeth Hernández Viviano, 11, lives in a makeshift house on a traffic island in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Despite getting good grades at school, she was told she was not eligible for a scholarship because she does not have a permanent address. Her family live on […]

BBC Witness: Leon Trotsky – the savage death of a Russian revolutionary

BBC Witness: Leon Trotsky – the savage death of a Russian revolutionary

19 August 2015 – In 1927, Leon Trotsky, a leading Russian revolutionary, was expelled from the Communist party and exiled from Russia on Stalin’s orders. After spending time in Turkey, France and Norway, Trotsky and his wider family eventually settled in Mexico. Less than four years after arriving in Mexico, a Stalinist agent managed to infiltrate […]

BBC: Escaped drug lord El Chapo revered in home state

In his home state of Sinaloa, there’s a certain pride about the infamous capo, despite the violent crimes his cartel has committed. Some people say he should be honoured with a monument or chapel.

BBC: Wild animal ban will affect Mexican circus workers

BBC: Wild animal ban will affect Mexican circus workers

July 2 2015 – A new law banning the use of wild animals in Mexican circuses has come into effect, meaning many animals must be found new homes. Some have complained that the loss of elephants, tigers, camels and other animals from their acts will mean they are left without a job. However animal rights […]

BBC: Mexico violence scourges favourite spring break resort

The city is in the state of Guerrero which has descended into crisis since 43 students went missing in the town of Iguala, a few hours from the seaside resort.

The city is in the state of Guerrero which has descended into crisis since 43 students went missing in the town of Iguala, a few hours from the seaside resort.

BBC: Mexico City mulls free train ticket for exercise plan

Mexico City is considering offering people free bus or train tickets to people who do exercise at the station on their way to work.

Feb 17 1015 – Mexico City is considering offering people free bus or train tickets to people who do exercise at the station on their way to work. It is hoped that it could help tackle one of the worst obesity problems in the world. Katy Watson reports. Shot and edited by Deborah Bonello for […]

BBC: Mexican families search hills for missing relatives

The disappearance of 43 students has thrown new light on the estimated 26,000 people who have gone missing across the country in the last decade.

The disappearance of 43 students has thrown new light on the estimated 26,000 people who have gone missing across the country in the last decade.

BBC: Families wait, Mexico protests, as mass grave findings analysed

A mass grave has been found on the outskirts of the town where the 43 students went missing on 27 September, officials say.

A mass grave has been found on the outskirts of the town where the 43 students went missing on 27 September, officials say.

BBC: The ‘crying women’ at Mexico’s mass graves

Elvira Gomez has spent eight months on a macabre pilgrimage, visiting mass graves and morgues in the search for her sons, Rodrigo and Juan.

Elvira Gomez has spent eight months on a macabre pilgrimage, visiting mass graves and morgues in the search for her sons, Rodrigo and Juan.

BBC: Could Michoacán become a failed state?

Vigilantes battling a powerful drugs cartel in Mexico have taken control of some areas of the western Mexican state of Michoacán. But some people fear it could become a failed state.

Vigilantes battling a powerful drugs cartel in Mexico have taken control of some areas of the western Mexican state of Michoacán. But some people fear it could become a failed state.

BBC: The country where exorcisms are on the rise

BBC: The country where exorcisms are on the rise

November 2013 – Catholic priests in Mexico say the country is under attack by Satan, and that more exorcists are needed to fight him. This attack, they say, is showing itself in the gruesome drug-related violence, including human sacrifice, that has engulfed the country since 2006. According to the latest official figures available, at least […]

BBC: The Child Victims of Mexico’s Drug War; feature edit

In Mexico around 25,000 people have disappeared since the drug war began six years ago. Many are children being sold into sex slavery or forced to work for the drug cartels.

In Mexico around 25,000 people have disappeared since the drug war began six years ago. Many are children being sold into sex slavery or forced to work for the drug cartels.

BBC: Mexico City weighs bullfighting ban

Mexican activists are confident a city-wide ban will be passed on the pasttime during the new legislative session.

October 2 2012 – The animal rights lobby proposed a ban on bullfighting in Mexico City last year to the capital’s legislative assembly. Following a similar move in Catalonia in Spain and recent restrictions on the controversial practice in several Latin American countries, including Ecuador and Peru, Mexican activists are confident a city-wide ban will […]