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Without conditions for return, the disappeared due to crime in Chiapas continue to drift

For the Chiapas government they are “just people in vulnerable situations.” These are the thousands of residents of the towns of Chicomuselo, La Concordia and Socoltenango, that this Tuesday They were a week after escaping from the drug cartels and the attacks of the Mexican Army.

There is no official figure for the number of evacuees because most of them took refuge with relatives or in private houses, fearing persecution; However, even in those places they are threatened.

“Many families from Chejel and Francisco I Madero came to my community; They live in some abandoned houses, because here there are people who have fled and their houses are empty. But on Saturday the people from the Cartel came and took them to the dome of the town, there they told them that they had to testify against another group (the rival Cartel) (…) what made them angry was that 40 meters from the dome is a detachment of the Mexican Army, These groups are acting on their faces,” stated a resident of Frontera Comalapa in an interview.

Without Conditions For Return, The Disappeared Due To Crime In Chiapas Continue To Drift

Photo: Ángeles Mariscal

In a report made by civil society organizations about the displacement that took place in the month of January, there is more than 1,500 families from about 20 communities.

The government of Chiapas, for its part, through the Secretariat of Civil Protection, said that 701 people were cared for in shelters who “received humanitarian aid consisting of food, personal hygiene kits and shelter from the Government of Chiapas.”

In an interview, the Secretary of Civil Protection, Luis Manuel García Moreno, said that according to the Law for the Prevention and Treatment of Internal Displacement in the State of Chiapas, these people They cannot be considered displacedbut “people in vulnerable situations”, because if they do not have the conditions for their return they will fall into the category.

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Members of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas who accompany the displaced population explained that there are no conditions for them to return. “First they need to break up and disband the groupsbecause when they come back the situation will be the same,” explained one of them.

He explained that as part of the population pressure, these groups cut off the population’s telephone and internet services. Only internet service works in the region with antennas placed on cartels.

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