Another day, another murder

Across the border from Tucson, Arizona, where six people were killed and 13 injured in last week’s “shooting incident”, lies Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico. 3,100 people out of a population of more than a million were killed here in the course of 2010. Now, the name of another woman has been added to the death toll.Susana Chávez, a Mexican activist and poet who led protests against the unsolved killings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, has herself been murdered. Chavez tried to draw attention to the killing of mainly poor women in the city.

Officials say her murder was not related to her activism. The Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office announced that she was killed by three teenagers high on drugs, who cut off her hand to make it look like the murder was connected to organised crime.

Ms Chávez coined the slogan “Not One More Death” (¡Ni una muerte más!) which became popular at protests against the Ciudad Juarez killings and the failure of the police to solve them. More than 300 women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez in a wave of violence which started in 1993 and has lasted nearly 20 years.

She was active in the non-governmental organisation called May Our Daughters Return Home, which represents the families and friends of the murdered women. Its web site states, “Femicide is of global concern, an offence against humanity, above all when it is the product of international organized crime and involves government authorities.”

Human rights group Amnesty International said that although her murder did not seem to be related to her activism, Ms Chávez’s killing was another sign that violence against women was once again on the rise in Ciudad Juarez.

In the words of a song by the heavy metal band A Perfect Murder:

“Another Day, Another Plague
I Still See The Same Old Shit
Like A Never-Ending Story
Life’s Passing By In Front Of My Eyes
Everyday I Wake Up And Things Never Change
It’s Getting Hard To Have Faith In This World
Everyday I Wake Up And Things Never Change
It’s Getting Hard To Have Faith In This World”

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Philip Lee

Writer and musician who tries to join up the dots.

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