Hundreds of protesters marched in Mexico City on Monday to mark Mother’s Day, demanding that authorities find their missing children.
The walk is an annual event that takes place every Mother’s Day in Mexico City, Associated Press Reports. According to the Mexican government, more than 80,000 people have disappeared since the war on drugs began in Mexico in 2006.
The protesters chanted: “Where are our children, where are they?” and “Child, listen, your mother is looking for you.”
Home Secretary Olga Sanchez met with mothers early Monday and “reiterated the government’s desire to know the location of their loved ones,” according to her office.
Madres de personas desaparecidas en Mexico is movilizan in the CDMX to request al gobierno that busque a sus hijos. Its 80 mil los casos registrados en los últimos 15 años, the mayor leaves between 2006 and 2012 #Mothers’ Day pic.twitter.com/xxeJ58n2kr
– Eduardo Martinez (@EduardomteleSUR) May 10, 2021
“It was a pilgrimage, of search, of research and of seeking justice,” Martha Estela Arana, whose son Alfredo Quesada Arana passed away 11 years ago, told the AP. “Administrations come and go, and it’s always the same thing. And we will continue to seek them, to seek them, until the last breath of my body.
Most of those who go missing are likely kidnapped and killed by drug cartels or kidnapper gangs, the AP notes. However, the authorities and the police are also suspected of being behind some disappearances.
Not only the mothers were present. Some children who had to grow up without their parents have also asked the government to find them.
Maricarmen Cardona, 23, started walking with his mother at the age of 11, calling on authorities to find his father who disappeared in Piedras Negras in 2009.