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Deaths are ravaging searching mothers: María Herrera

by Sofia Navarro
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María Herrera, a mother of four children who disappeared in Mexico and recently recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 Women of the Year, said on Friday that insecurity in Mexico for searching mothers, in reference to the murder of her colleague Teresa Magueyal, is “ravaging” them.

“This situation is still ravaging us, we are still threatened, and neither society nor the government (are aware),” said Herrera in an interview with EFE.

Magueyal was searching for her missing son in the state of Guanajuato, central Mexico, and was killed on Tuesday in the community of San Miguel Octopan, located in the municipality of Celaya, where her son José Luis disappeared in April 2020 and became the first activist of her kind to lose her life this year.

“I want to take this opportunity to tell everyone listening that they just killed our colleague and this hurts because we know that this is a direct threat,” shared Herrera, whose children disappeared in 2008 and 2010, in Guerrero and Veracruz, respectively.

And she recounted that a few days ago, some of her colleagues were conducting a field search that she could not attend when they were attacked with gunfire and had to flee.

In addition, she assured that both these types of situations and disappearances have been “normalized” and society often believes that they happen because “something happened or they were up to something.”

Finally, Herrera sent a message to all the inhabitants of the country, where more than 112,000 people have been missing since there is a record.

“We would never want to have more people on this side, but I tell you that you will have your family happy and content, you will be able to hug them, until one day a criminal decides to put an eye on your family,” she said.

According to ONU-DH, Magueyal “would have been followed when she was going to a store and later, as she was riding her bike, she was killed by two hooded men who shot her in front of other people who were waiting for their children to leave a preschool education center in broad daylight.

The woman was a member of the collective “Una Promesa por Cumplir”, a beneficiary of the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, which lamented her death and joined her after the disappearance of her son José Luis Apaseo Magueyal, who was last seen on April 6, 2020, precisely in San Miguel Octopan.

In 2022, according to Mexican government figures, five searching activists for missing persons were killed.

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