Violence linked to local land disputes in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, continues to drive coffee farmers and their families out of their homes and fields and into temporary camps. Faced with ongoing attacks, community representatives asked for military and police protection.
In Chiapas, the state with Mexico’s highest childhood poverty rate, many children quit school early to work instead. These youth have few options, but a training program strives to put opportunity within reach.
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.