An update to this story: a case of one young woman’s great courage meeting pragmatism, or rather, survival. What this illustrates (again) for me is the severity of the drug-related violence in Mexico. (An issue President Obama addressed in a joint-press conference with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon this week.) She had to take relatives with her. Nick Allen reports in the Telegraph:
Marisol Valles was hailed as “Mexico’s bravest woman” after she agreed to take the job in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a no-man’s-land close to the Texas border, in October.
But she has since been targeted by a criminal gang that wanted to make her work for them. After several months in the job she was forced to flee, along with two relatives, and will seek asylum in the US.
In December Erika Gandara, 28, the only police office left in the nearby town of Guadalupe was kidnapped and her house was set on fire. Her fate remains unknown.
The towns are in an area where the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels are fighting for control of smuggling routes into the US.
Read More in the Telegraph