Mex­ico: Over 3,000 hid­den graves found since 2006

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MEX­ICO CITY — For years, Mex­i­can news­pa­pers have car­ried chill­ing tales of moth­ers searching for their missing chil­dren and dis­cov­er­ing hid­den graves. Now, for the first time, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has dis­closed the num­ber of clan­des­tine sites where those who have been dis­ap­peared in Mex­ico’s rag­ing nar­cotics war vi­o­lence have turned up.

Nearly 5,000 bod­ies have been dis­cov­ered in more than 3,000 graves since late 2006, said Karla Quin­tana, the head of the gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Search Com­mis­sion.

That’s well above pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates by aca­demics and jour­nal­ists. Quinto Ele­mento Lab, a Mex­i­can in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism or­ga­ni­za­tion, pub­lished a re­port last Novem­ber iden­ti­fy­ing 1,978 graves.

At least 40,000 peo­ple have dis­ap­peared in Mex­ico since 2006.

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