There is nothing that can be said or done to comprehend the pain that these deaths have brought upon the families of the murdered women of Juarez. Many films, documentaries, and activist groups have tried to shine light on this terrible disaster with limited result. It’s upsetting to find that not much effort has ever been put in to solve these murders. Whether it’s the lack of leads or even complacency on part of authorities, there seems to be no end in sight. Mothers will continue to anxiously wait for the day that news may come of their missing daughters. Could this complacency be what we’d expect if countless women were murdered a few miles north?
Since 1993, the situation in Ciudad Juarez has become a disaster of unbelievable proportions. What is surprising is how close in proximity Juarez is to the United States, and still many (on this side of the border) know nothing of what goes on in the sister city across from El Paso, TX. More tragic still is the blind eye that international corporate run maquiladoras turn to their female workers. It’s almost as if the women of Juarez (and all border maquila towns) are seen as replaceable, cheap labor that helps keep costs and spending low for the corporate machine.
Behind the façade of the countless curio shops, Mexican cuisine, and gringo tourism is the harsh reality of globalization manifesting itself in a city where eager hands are governed by immigration policies and barbed wire fences.
Awareness is why this special exhibition is taking place. To let others know that this isn’t just a Mexican or an American issue, but a very human one.