Armed groups are violently displacing people from indigenous villages with increasing frequency in Mexico’s southernmost state. Some local people blame the violence on land disputes, but others suspect that the government is trying to stamp out the decades-old Zapatista movement.
Mexico has long had one of the world’s highest rates of teen pregnancies, a problem particularly acute in Chiapas, the country’s southernmost state. Global Press Journal spoke with teen mothers there to hear their stories of being pregnant and raising a child while still a teenager.
Women are nearly as likely as men to migrate, fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries to seek opportunities abroad. Many of these women don’t set out for Mexico – but a new social program and the success stories of others are making it an attractive destination.
Xochimilco residents say it was suspicious when Mexico City authorities rolled out and then canceled a controversial plan for water construction. After last year’s earthquake disrupted some water services in the Xochimilco area, residents are repeating their claim that the city is diverting their well water to more central parts of the capital.
Many people in a huge caravan that began in Honduras and is now in southern Mexico say they plan to walk to the U.S. Nearly 2,000 people have chosen along the way to seek asylum in Mexico, but more than 5,000 people continue north.