Between Pink Crosses, Row on Row

Pink crosses in the desert outside Chihuahua City stand as stark reminders to the women who have been victims of femicide. Similar crosses can be found in Ciudad Juarez and many other places in Mexico Photo: Suzanne Rumsey, 2006

Outside the city of Ciudad Juárez , Mexico, rows of pink crosses have been placed in the desert.  Each of these crosses represents a woman who has been killed- a “femicide”.  In 2010 alone, over 300 women in Ciudad Juárez have been victims of femicides.

On the weekend of January 29-30, PWRDF partner the Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte (the Paso del Norte Human Rights Center) will be holding a fast and time of civic reflection called “Halt the War… No More Bloodshed” in Juárez .  Over 3000 murders were committed in Juarez last year, almost double the 1600 reported in 2008.  This astounding level of violence has led Juarez to be called “the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones.”
“We will dedicate a day and a half of fasting as a nonviolent political action, through personal sacrifice and community pressure,” a news release from the Paso del Norte Human Rights Center reads.  “…We will denounce and confront the authorities for the constant violation of Human Rights, the climate of violence and insecurity and for their lack of responsibility in the exercise of justice.”

This action will offer a sign of solidarity and hope, as well as putting pressure on the government to address the deep levels of violence that plague the people of Juarez.  It is particularly appropriate on this weekend, as January 30 is the World Day of Non-Violence.

The Center welcomes letters of solidarity, which can be emailed to cdhpasodelnorte@hotmail.com and will be read during the days of fasting.

PWRDF continues to support the calls for justice for victims of injustice in Juárez , including Maria Escobar Ortiz, whose story can be found here.

We pray for a world where there will be No More Bloodshed.

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