Drug war has Juárez, Mexico, on verge of humanitarian crisis

Miami Herald, 3/8/2009

Military Checkpoint in Juarez

Military Checkpoint in Juarez

Few Americans enter this border city anymore. The reason: Juárez is at war. The city is fighting drug cartels, and the cartels are fighting each other.

In 2008, more than 1,600 people were killed in Juárez in drug-related violence, often assassinations carried out in daylight. Some 6,000 people died in drug-related violence across Mexico last year. More than 100 people have been killed so far this year in Juárez, including at least six policemen kidnapped from their police post, their heads showing up a few days later dropped off at the police station.

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