Mexico's Mass Graves Illustrate a Horrifying Norm for Those Living in Cartel-Land

Mexico's Mass Graves Illustrate a Horrifying Norm for Those Living in Cartel-Land

Earlier this month, authorities in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz confirmed that they had recovered 253 skulls from what is believed to be a cartel burial ground.

"Veracruz is an enormous mass grave," state prosecutor Jorge Winckler said. "It is the biggest mass grave inMexico and perhaps one of the biggest in the world."

While its size may distinguish it, it is not the first such discovery in Veracruz. Mass graves have been found in the state for years.

Nor is it the most recent one discovered. Just a few days later, 47 more skulls were unearthed at a site farther south. The remains are thought to be the grisly work of organized-crime groups, which have fought for control of Veracruz for much of the last decade.

Although Winkler called Veracruz an "enormous mass grave," that designation could well be applied to much of the country.

"There are so many mass graves in Mexico, the country is starting to resemble a Swiss cheese," Jorge Reveles, a veteran crime reporter who has investigated such graves, told Vocativ in 2014 . "The number of graves that hasn’t been found is infinitely larger than the number that has been discovered."

Many of the graves are likely linked to another feature of the country's decade-long drug war: the 30,000 people officially reported as disappeared in the country since 2006. (Other analyses suggest the number is much higher.)

Read more here: http://www.businessinsider.com/mexico-mass-graves-drug-cartel-related-violence-2017-3

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