MetropolisTV: The Promised Land

MetropolisTV: The Promised Land

May 8th 2015 – Thousands of Central American migrants cross Mexico each year on their way to the United States, their ‘promised land.’ During the journey, they can endure hunger and cold and are exposed to violence and exploitation at the hands of criminal gangs and corrupt state officials. But a group of Mexican women […]

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.

GlobalPost: Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez

Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town.

GlobalPost: Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez

Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town.

GlobalPost: Why people in Mexico go missing

Across the country, very few cases are properly investigated, and reports of the involvement of authorities are frequent.

Across the country, very few cases are properly investigated, and reports of the involvement of authorities are frequent.

Guardian: Mexico City on the road to cleaner air

Over the past decade, a focus on sustainable alternative transport has persuaded a growing number of citizens to leave their cars at home.

October 4th 2012 – Thanks largely to vehicle emissions, Mexico City was once the world’s most polluted urban centre. But over the past decade, a focus on sustainable alternative transport has persuaded a growing number of citizens to leave their cars at home. A heavily subsidised underground network caters for 22m journeys daily, and conditions […]

AFP: Mexico’s president-elect accused of ignoring women’s murders

Over the last few years, reported murders of women have shot up in parts of Mexico, dwarfing the number of cases in Ciudad Juarez - famous for femicide.

Over the last few years, reported murders of women have shot up in parts of Mexico, dwarfing the number of cases in Ciudad Juarez – famous for femicide.

AFP: Students march agains the PRI

AFP: Students march agains the PRI

June 10 2012 – Members of the Mexican youth movement #YoSoy132 marched across Mexico City Sunday, protesting against the country’s media duopoly and the PRI candidate in the upcoming presidential election, Enrique Pena Nieto. Produced, shot and edited for AFP by Deborah Bonello.

AFP: Mexicans say goodbye to Carlos Fuentes

AFP: Mexicans say goodbye to Carlos Fuentes

Hundreds of people filed past the coffin of Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes Wednesday in Mexico City’s Bellas Arts Museum. The writer died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Cientos de personas desfilaron este miércoles con emoción ante los restos mortales del escritor Carlos Fuentes. Sobre su ataúd depositaron libros, flores y mensajes de despedida.

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison

Few issues bring the contrast into focus as sharply as abortion. Mexico City legalized abortion; Guanajuato cracks down hard on any signs of it.

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison

Few issues bring the contrast into focus as sharply as abortion. Mexico City legalized abortion; Guanajuato cracks down hard on any signs of it.

AFP: Abortion divides Mexicans on Pope’s visit

AFP: Abortion divides Mexicans on Pope’s visit

  March 24 2011 – The Pope’s visit to Guanajuato this week will be celebrated by many, but definitely not by abortion campaigners. This Mexican state is the one of the strictest, banning abortion except in extreme cases of rape, and the courts don’t hesitate to jail women who dare to take matters into their […]

AFP: Cassez case throws spotlight on Mexico’s media trials

AFP: Cassez case throws spotlight on Mexico’s media trials

March 20 2012 – The staged arrest of French woman Florence Cassez in Mexico back in 2005 puts an uncomfortable spotlight on the practice of putting suspects in front of the media even before they go in front of a judge. For AFP by Deborah Bonello

AFP: El Paso gives refuge to Mexico’s human rights defenders

El Paso hosts a growing number of human rights activists seeking to escape persecution in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's most deadly city just across the border.

AFP: El Paso gives refuge to Mexico’s human rights defenders

El Paso hosts a growing number of human rights activists seeking to escape persecution in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most deadly city just across the border.

Fusion: Young angels in Juarez battle the city’s demons

A group of young “angels” get together to stand at crime scenes and street corners, asking murderers to repent.

A group of young “angels” get together to stand at crime scenes and street corners, asking murderers to repent.

AFP: Hunger threatens indigenous Mexicans

AFP: Hunger threatens indigenous Mexicans

Jan 24 2012 – The Rarámuri, or Tarahumara, are going hungry. In the state of Chihuahua in Northern Mexico, where the indigenous tribe lives, drought and cold weather have made food scarce. The government and non-profits are handing out food, but handouts are only a short-term solution to the survival of the Tarahumara. Shot, produced […]

AFP: Angels take to Mexican streets to fight drug crime

AFP: Angels take to Mexican streets to fight drug crime

December 20 2011 – Angels are appearing on street corners and at crime scenes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city and the epicenter of the country’s drug-related violence. Not just for Christmas, the angels are youngsters dressing up to send their message that only God can save Juarez now. Shot, produced and edited for […]

AFP: Millions flock to give thanks to the Virgin de Guadalupe

AFP: Millions flock to give thanks to the Virgin de Guadalupe

As many as seven million Mexicans will make the pilgrimage to Mexico City’s Basilica de Guadalupe this year to pay their respects to the Virgin de Guadalupe, one of Mexico’s most revered holy figures. Pilgrims come from all over Mexico to arrive here around the dates of December 11th and 12th to give their thanks. […]

AFP: ‘Miss Bala’ reflects drug reality for women in Mexico

Movie 'Miss Bala' follows beauty queen Laura Guerrero in her violent downward spiral into the hands of organized crime.

AFP: ‘Miss Bala’ reflects drug reality for women in Mexico

Movie ‘Miss Bala’ follows beauty queen Laura Guerrero in her violent downward spiral into the hands of organized crime.

Time: Evidence of Killings and Disappearances by Mexico’s Security Forces

Time: Evidence of Killings and Disappearances by Mexico’s Security Forces

November 11 2011 – The grieving families of six men who disappeared from a Mexican night club speak to TIME. Their story is among 170 cases of killing, torture and disappearances documented in a new Human Rights Watch report. This report was produced for Time Magazine by Deborah Bonello. Watch the video on Time’s website […]

AFP: Mexicans honor drug war victims on Day of the Dead

AFP: Mexicans honor drug war victims on Day of the Dead

November 2 2011 – Day of the Dead in Mexico is usually a time for celebrating and remembering lost loved ones. But in the context of a brutal drug war that has cost 40,000 lives, the commemoration of the dead has taken on a more sombre tone this year. Below, other video edits from the […]

Time: In Veracruz, the troops move in and tourists stay away

Time: In Veracruz, the troops move in and tourists stay away

October 25 2011 – A dispatch for Time from a recent trip to Veracruz: In touristy Veracruz, Mexico, drug-related violence has spiked. After a recent wave of 80 killings, the federal government sent troops to patrol the city. But many still don’t feel safe See the video here on Time.com

AFP: Journalists targeted by Mexican drug gangs

AFP: Journalists targeted by Mexican drug gangs

October 19 2011 – Latest dispatch for AFP from my recent trip to Veracruz. Journalism in Mexico is under fire. As drug-related violence grows, so does the danger for reporters trying to cover it, often forcing them to flee, bow to outside influences or face the consequences. In the city of Veracruz, journalists are feeling […]

Univision: Javier Sicilia and the politics of grief

Univision: Javier Sicilia and the politics of grief

October 18 2011 – A short video documentary by me for Univision on peace activist and poet Javier Sicilia and his potential to create real change here in Mexico. Watch the video here on Univision’s Tumbler.

AFP: Businesses relocate to safe Mexico City

AFP: Businesses relocate to safe Mexico City

October 14 2011 – Drug-related violence in many of Mexico’s states is driving businesses to set up shop in the relative safe haven of Mexico City. For AFP by Deborah Bonello. You can also see the video here on AFP’s YouTube channel in English and in Spanish.

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