Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/2/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Ranchers driven from homesteads by drug cartels

Mexico's largely losing battles with powerful drug cartels has led to the wholesale killing of innocent bystanders. There's an even more insidious part of this war that is being largely hidden from the public at large: cartels are now driving Mexican homesteaders from their ranches in land-seizing grabs, adding to the country's displacement crisis.

Mexicans displaced by violence due to organized crime tend to have a lack of identity papers, shelter, healthcare and jobs.

Mexicans displaced by violence due to organized crime tend to have a lack of identity papers, shelter, healthcare and jobs.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/2/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Ranchers, drug cartels, Mexico, land grabs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have been driven from their homes by the cartels to create a "hidden humanitarian crisis."

The U.S.-based advocacy group, Refugees International says that entire rural communities have been run off their ranches by organized criminal gangs wanting to seize their land. Even worse, the local authorities have not publicly acknowledged these land grabs.

Get food into the hands of needy children -- by going here --

Mexican cattle ranching families have suffered extortion, kidnapping and killings. The families in turn are forced to relocate to cities where they are at risk of further violence stemming from the military's war against organized crime.

"Despite the fact that Mexico has multiple mechanisms in place to assist IDPs (internally displaced persons) in specific circumstances, the federal government has not demonstrated willingness to fully admit to and robustly support those displaced by organized criminal groups," the agency said in its report. Mexican authorities were not immediately available for comment.

Internal displacement, the agency says, goes largely unreported because many of those moving to escape violence were in small groups. Another factor is the ongoing mass migration within and through Mexico as Central Americans try to make their way to the United States.

"It may seem difficult to distinguish between those moving for work or family reunification and ... individuals and families who are fleeing the consequences of organized crime," the agency noted.

Battered by drug-related violence in recent years, more than 85,000 people in Mexico have died in drug-related killings since the end of 2006. Much of the violence has occurred near key smuggling routes in western and northern regions.

Mexicans displaced by violence due to organized crime tend to have a lack of identity papers, shelter, healthcare and jobs. Identity papers are especially important because without them children cannot register and go to school, and adults cannot work legally.

In addition, Mexican children without documents are at increased risk of being recruited by drug trafficking gangs because there are no identifiable fingerprints left at crime scenes.

The Mexican government scored a political victory in February, after Mexico's most wanted man, drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, was captured with help from U.S. agencies.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Americas

SNAKE DYNASTY - Archaeologists discover rare, intact Maya tomb Watch

Image of An intact tomb has been discovere din the Mayan city of Xunantunich.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Archaeologists have uncovered a Maya tomb containing treasure and a body. The rare discovery was made in Belize, among the ruins of the ancient city of Xunantunich. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Archaeologists have found an intact Maya tomb. The discovery is ... continue reading


Thanks socialism! In Venezuela, people eat ZOO animals to survive Watch

Image of This rare black stallion was stolen from its enclosure and butchered by hungry people. Hundreds of zoo animals across the country have either died from starvation or become food for people or other predators.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Socialism has failed hard in Venezuela where people have taken to a gruesome practice to stay alive. Authorities in the country say people are sneaking into zoos to eat the animals. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - In 2015, the falling price of oil and other ... continue reading


Corrupt nuns accused of hiding $9m in cash and jewels in Argentinian convent Watch

Image of Cash and jewels were discovered hidden in the convent (Argentine Police).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A convent in Argentina is under investigation after an Irish priest was found to be involved in a corruption scandal. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Catholic Culture, surveillance footage revealed four nuns have been assisting former minister José ... continue reading


'God made many things': Latin and Spanish messages mixed with Christian symbols reveal how Europeans attempted to convert Caribbean natives Watch

Image of Cave inscriptions reveal attempts to convert Caribbean natives (University of Liecester).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Researchers have discovered several Christian inscriptions in Latin and Spanish within a series of caves on the Caribbean island of Mona. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the study 'The Mona Chronicle': the archaeology of early religious encounter in ... continue reading


'It isn't enough': Babies murdered in horrific killing spree Watch

Image of Abortion rates rise in wake of Zika epidemic.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Babies are being slaughtered across Latin America in a heartbreakingly misguided attempt to spare them from their own bodies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Pan American Health Organization alerted the public to a list of severe birth defects and complications ... continue reading


Infamous Catholic abuser remains out of reach of the law while living in Rome Watch

Image of Luis Fernando Figari is alleged to have committed several abuses, but charges cannot be brought against him.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A Catholic layman is living in Rome, accused of sexually abusing members of a religious organization that he founded. Despite efforts from his own organization to investigate him, he remains untouchable. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Luis Fernando Figari is ... continue reading


A gift from Satan? Pope Francis rejects evil 666 gift! Watch

Image of Pope Francis has rejected a satanic gift from the president of Argentina.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis will not accept donations with 666 in the sum, it turns out. The Holy Father rejected a sum from Argentine President Mauricio Macri, donated to an educational foundation within the Vatican. The two Argentinians have an adversarial relationship and it's ... continue reading


Noah's Ark to make maiden voyage to the 2016 Summer Olympics Watch

Image of The Ark of Noah team is preparing to sail the life-size replica to Brazil (Arkofnoah.org).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A replica of Noah's famous Ark was created by Johan Huibers between 2008 to 2013 in the Netherlands, where it has attracted several hundred-thousand visitors - and it's preparing for its maiden voyage to Brazil just in time for the 2016 Olympic summer games! LOS ... continue reading


'I condemn you': Women blamed for 'encouraging' abuse Watch

Image of In too many societies, women are blamed for abuse (Pinterest).

By Rafael Tavares (CNA/EWTN News)

The reported gang rape of a 16-year-old girl by more than 30 men in Rio de Janeiro has sparked protests in the country - and condemnation by an official of the local archdiocese who met with the victim, and who called it "a brutal, inhuman act." Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ... continue reading


A MIRACLE? Virgin Mary statue with single red tear sparks mass pilgrimage Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Images of a Virgin Mary statue with a single red 'tear' streaming down her face has spread rampant through social media prompting hundreds of pilgrims to visit the statue in Columbia. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The statue located in Floridablanca, Columbia is ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • The economic problem that could destroy America TODAY HD Video
  • Egyptian kings reigned with weapons from space? New study reveals ...
  • St. Sabina: Saint of the Day for Monday, August 29, 2016
  • Jihad attacks Catholic priest and attempts to detonate suicide bomb ...
  • Daily Reading for Monday, August 29th, 2016 HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Monday, August 29, 2016
  • My Winged Messengers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
17 My child, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
4 Sing to God, play music to his name, build a road for the Rider of the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 14:1, 7-14
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in ... Read More

Reading 2, Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
18 What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 28th, 2016 Image

St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers ... Read More