A Dante-esque scene was unearthed in Mexico, where a section of the Coahuila desert concealed a gigantic underground mass grave. Over an area of 56,000 square meters, authorities have identified 4,600 bone fragments and other objects. According to the investigators, it could be a mass grave site for the powerful cartel Los Zetas.
The area was discovered thanks to the work of Grupo VIDA, which is dedicated to searching for disappeared people by rebuilding the testimonies of locals and witnesses.
The dramatic reality of the clandestine graves emerged during the search of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, who disappeared in Iguala after being attacked by police and drug traffickers between Sept. 26 and 27, 2014. That’s when the world realized how much torture and violations human rights have become common practice in military barracks and in police stations, and how little the country values the lives of the rural poor, caught between economic misery and drug gangs embedded in a violent and unequal political system.