“It is curious, but migrants are polarizing the world,” the Mexican priest Alejandro Solalinde, a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017, told il manifesto.
Father Solalinde, who escaped an attack by drug traffickers for his commitment in favor of migrants, is currently in Italy to present the Italian translation of his book, Los Narcos Me Queren Muerto (“The Narcos Want Me Dead”). On Tuesday, he was in Udine, where he participated in the Festival “Vicino Lontano” and visited the exhibition “Vivos,” on to the topic of Mexican desaparecidos, an issue Don Solalinde has been working on for years. On May 18, he will be at the Turin International Book Fair, with Moni Ovadia and Alex Zanotelli.
“Few people know, or want to know, that at least 150,000 human beings have gone missing in Mexico, five times the number of people disappeared during the last Argentinian dictatorship,” he writes. ”They have vanished into thin air in the forgotten war in which rival drug dealers face one another to control trade, with the support of entire police and army units. As with many other horrors committed in the course of this conflict, the ‘dress rehearsal’ of DISAPPEARED was made on migrants.”