publicidad

Here’s how a hand-drawn map led to a mass gravesite in Mexico

Here’s how a hand-drawn map led to a mass gravesite in Mexico

Relatives of the disappeared were given a sketch that ended up taking them to an unmarked area in Veracruz where more than 250 human skulls have been found.

This is the clandestine gravesite in Mexico where more than 250 skulls were found Univision

Mothers of the disappeared marched in the center of Veracruz to demand their children be found alive.

 

1

May 10, 2016

During the demonstration, two strangers handed them a sketch drawn by hand, which pointed to the location of a hidden cemetery.

 

2

The map showed the route to an area marked with crosses. Next to it appeared the word “cuerpos,” or "bodies."

 

3

Houses

Train tracks

Bridge

VERACRUZ

San Leonardo Street

The families of the victims had already suspected there could be a mass grave. “The map we were given was confirmation," said Lucía Díaz, coordinator of Colectivo Solecito, a group formed to search for the disappeared.

On March 14, Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler confirmed that 250 skulls had been found in the Colinas de Santa Fe estate and said it could be one of "the largest mass graves in the world.”

Mothers involved in Colectivo Solecito analyzed the map and began to plan a search brigade. They coordinated with the Federal Police, who would accompany them. They also requested the support of authorities of the state of Veracruz.

 

The area shown on the map is located about 8 miles (13 km) north of the city of Veracruz.

 

Gulf of Mexico

Mass graves

 

8 miles (13 km)

Veracruz

Mexico

City

Mothers of the disappeared marched in the center of Veracruz to demand their children be found alive.

 

1

May 10, 2016

During the demonstration, two strangers handed them a sketch drawn by hand, which pointed to the location of a hidden cemetery.

 

2

The map showed the route to an area marked with crosses. Next to it appeared the word “cuerpos,” or "bodies."

 

3

Houses

Train tracks

Bridge

VERACRUZ

San Leonardo Street

The families of the victims had already suspected there could be a mass grave. “The map we were given was confirmation," said Lucía Díaz, coordinator of Colectivo Solecito, a group formed to search for the disappeared.

On March 14, Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler confirmed that 250 skulls had been found in the Colinas de Santa Fe estate and said it could be one of "the largest mass graves in the world.”

Mothers involved in Colectivo Solecito analyzed the map and began to plan a search brigade. They coordinated with the Federal Police, who would accompany them. They also requested the support of authorities of the state of Veracruz.

 

The area shown on the map is located about 8 miles (13 km) north of the city of Veracruz.

 

Gulf of Mexico

Mass graves

 

8 miles (13 km)

Veracruz

Mexico

City

Mothers of the disappeared marched in the center of Veracruz to demand their children be found alive.

 

1

May 10, 2016

During the demonstration, two strangers handed them a sketch drawn by hand, which pointed to the location of a hidden cemetery.

2

The map showed the route to an area marked with crosses. Next to it appeared the word “cuerpos,” or "bodies."

 

3

Houses

Mass graves

Train tracks

Bridge

VERACRUZ

San Leonardo Street

The families of the victims had already suspected there could be a mass grave. “The map we were given was confirmation," said Lucía Díaz, coordinator of Colectivo Solecito, a group formed to search for the disappeared.

On March 14, Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler confirmed that 250 skulls had been found in the Colinas de Santa Fe estate and said it could be one of "the largest mass graves in the world.”

Mothers involved in Colectivo Solecito analyzed the map and began to plan a search brigade. They coordinated with the Federal Police, who would accompany them. They also requested the support of authorities of the state of Veracruz.

 

The area shown on the map is located about 8 miles (13 km) north of the city of Veracruz.

 

Gulf of Mexico

Mexico

City

Mass graves

8 miles (13 km)

Veracruz

Mothers of the disappeared marched in the center of Veracruz to demand their children be found alive.

 

1

May 10, 2016

During the demonstration, two strangers handed them a sketch drawn by hand, which pointed to the location of a hidden cemetery.

2

The map showed the route to an area marked with crosses. Next to it appeared the word “cuerpos,” or "bodies."

 

3

Houses

Mass graves

Train tracks

Bridge

VERACRUZ

San Leonardo Street

The families of the victims had already suspected there could be a mass grave. “The map we were given was confirmation," said Lucía Díaz, coordinator of Colectivo Solecito, a group formed to search for the disappeared.

On March 14, Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler confirmed that 250 skulls had been found in the Colinas de Santa Fe estate and said it could be one of "the largest mass graves in the world.”

Mothers involved in Colectivo Solecito analyzed the map and began to plan a search brigade. They coordinated with the Federal Police, who would accompany them. They also requested the support of authorities of the state of Veracruz.

 

The area shown on the map is located about 8 miles (13 km) north of the city of Veracruz.

 

Gulf of Mexico

Mexico

City

Mass graves

8 miles (13 km)

Veracruz

After assessing their options and raising the money they needed, 90 mothers of the disappeared began to search for graves. The families sold clothes, asked for money and drained their savings. Search teams cost "a lot of money, hundreds of thousands of pesos," said Volga de Pina Ravest, lawyer for the Solecito Collective.

This is the area where the mass graves appeared
Although near the place where the remains appeared there is now a group of houses, almost a decade ago, the area was a vacant lot.
SOURCE: Google Earth | UNIVISION

They began digging in mid-August 2016. The hand drawn map led them to a macabre discovery. Seven months after the excavations began, corpses are still being recovered. Even today they receive little help in unearthing and identifying the dead. Although 253 skulls have been found, only two bodies have been identified.

publicidad

The state of Veracruz is bankrupt, after ex-governor Javier Duarte allegedly misappropriated about $4 billion (80 billion pesos).

An expert consulted by Univision explained that each genetic test costs about 25,000 pesos (more than $1,000). On top of that, other tests and legal requirements are required to fully identify a body.

Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler reiterated this week that there is no money to perform the genetic tests.

The Solecito Collective mothers have not given up and are seeking federal assistance to identify the bodies.

.

A.CHAL is a rising R&B urban star because he's just being himself: reflective, proud of his Peruvian and indigenous roots, humble: "Most of my fans are not just Hispanic but of other ethnicities besides just black and white. When they see someone like me doing what I do and the world that I do it in, they feel inspired or feel like, ‘shit, I can do this too’." A.CHAL shared the stage with Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar at Rolling Loud Festival recently, and just released new mixtape 'On Gaz'.
This is what Greek artist Eleni means when she speaks about the power of the voice. She improvises a sing-along with a group of immigrants, refugees and allies in Boston's Urbano Project and the result was just beautiful.
Eleni Arapoglou uses new sounds and rhythms to preserve her roots. Eleni is part of the U-Lab 'Immigrant Sounds' sessions that celebrate World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month.
There has always been movement of people, and as we commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20th a group of musicians, activists and community members got together at The Urbano Project​ in Boston to share their experiences and reflect on the diversity that makes up American society: "The direction of where the world is going is encouraging us all, almost forcing us all, to break down those walls."
For Cassandra, a Mexican-American teenage girl, the school year meant more than staying up late to get good grades, going to soccer practice and applying to college. It also meant taking care of her three younger siblings while her mom worked long hours at a restaurant. Like her, many Hispanic students struggle to achieve their goals.
La cantante Eleni interpreta 'Milo mou kai mantarini', grabada en exclusiva para U-LAB Music como parte de las sesiones 'Immigrant Sounds' en honor al Mes de la Herencia del Inmigrante y al Día Mundial del Refugiado. Featuring Vasilis Kostas en el laúd.
Tomas Pendola, from Argentina, is one such teacher. He says he's open about his status so that students can understand the reality of being undocumented.
Artist Nora Valdez and youth in the Boston community are sharing their stories one suitcase at a time at The Urbano Project. At U-LAB Music we documented their process as part of our 'Immigrant Sounds' series.
Oscar Lopez, a Puerto Rican nationalist who advocates for independence of the island nation, was jailed for nearly 36 years after being charged for seditious conspiracy against the U.S. government. Univision News traveled to Puerto Rico and talked to family members and those who in the last decade fought for his release.
Univision News traveled to several Texas cities to ask a mayor, a sheriff, a congressman and a council member how the anti-sanctuary law will affect their communities and how they'll be challenging it in court.
Nestor Duarte was driving his car in Key West, Florida, when Monroe sheriff deputy David Lariz pulled him over and asked for his papers. Lariz is the same officer who recently asked a Honduran man who had been hit by a car if he was "illegal."
Mimi Martinez, 30, arrived to the United States when she was five years old. Her mom stayed behind in Mexico. Now a legal resident, she was recently able to travel to see her mother in Mexico after 25 years.
Rejection hurts, but it’s not the end of the world. Here is what you need to be admitted to the schools you apply to, and when you’re not, how to proceed. Step number one: don’t panic.
After a 24-year-old Hispanic man tried to help her, Tiffany Cormier became visibly upset and threatened the man, calling him "spic" and saying "They need to take his f**king ass back to Mexico."
It was the biggest ever anti-gang operation in the area, the result of an investigation that began in 2014 during the Obama administration. Most of those arrested were US citizens.
When 5-year-old Elián was rescued off the Florida coast in 1999 he became the center of an international custody battle that pitted family members against one another and tested U.S. foreign policy at a crucial moment in history. Now 23, Elián talks about his experience and the changing nature of U.S.-Cuba relations in CNN film that hits theaters May 19.
Nuevo comienzo para la sobreviviente del presunto ataque a puñaladas de su madre en Georgia
Diana Romero está a cargo de su tío después de pasar dos semanas en el hospital. Su madre, Isabel Martínez, está acusada de asesinar a puñaladas a sus cuatro hijos y a su esposo en una vivienda de Loganville, localidad en el norte de Atlanta, Georgia.
Esta foca podría destronar al perro como el mejor amigo del hombre
Un buzo decidió acariciar al mamífero y la respuesta fue sorprendente: se comportó como una mascota.
Éxodo de venezolanos hacia Colombia antes de la Asamblea Constituyente
Las elecciones de la Asamblea Constituyente promovidas por el presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, se llevarán a cabo este 30 de julio. De 20,000 a 26,500 ascendió la cifra de personas que pasan diariamente por el Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar de la frontera, según Migración Colombia.
publicidad
Un hombre murió tras ser apuñalado durante una pelea en El Bronx
El hombre de 25 años habría participado en una pelea después de un accidente vehicular. La policía atendió la emergencia y trasladó al herido a un hospital, pero allí fue declarado muerto. No se han reportado arrestos.
"Estoy aquí, mi guerrero": Padre de un joven hospitalizado sobreviviente del camión de Texas
Rodrigo de Jesús Delgado es uno de los sobrevivientes del grupo de inmigrantes indocumentados que viajó hacinado en un camión que fue hallado el pasado fin de semana en un aparcamiento en un Walmart de San Antonio (Texas). El joven está grave pero su familia tiene esperanzas de que se recuperará, otras diez personas murieron a causa de la falta de agua y oxígeno.
Mueren ahogados cuatro guatemaltecos que intentaban cruzar el río Grande hacia Estados Unidos
Los fallecidos son una mujer, dos adolescentes y un hombre que formaban parte de un grupo de 11 indocumentados que fueron arrastrados por la corriente. Las autoridades reportaron que hay tres desaparecidos y otras cuatro personas fueron rescatadas con vida.
Produzca filtros para sus fotos con esta aplicación
Polarr es la app recomendada de edición fotográfica para experimentar con temperaturas de color y dejar con sello las imágenes que comparte en redes sociales.
¿Qué piensa Willson Contreras sobre la supuesta rivalidad entre Cubs y White Sox?
El venezolano manifestó que jugar para su "fanaticada fiel" lo llena de orgullo y agregó que regalarle triunfos les alegra bastante.
Denuncian que niños fueron expulsados de un parque donde jugaban fútbol por no pagar
Los padres de familia de los menores aseguraron que con apoyo de la policía les impiden practicar en el parque hasta que no paguen, algo que no pueden hacer porque son de bajos recursos. Sin embargo, la directora de parques y recreación de La Puente explicó que hay cuotas que se tienen que cubrir para obtener permisos cuando se trata de equipos que forman parte de una liga de fútbol.
Fútbol
Toda la información y noticias sobre lo último del fútbol mundial
Opinión de Experto: “’Chicharito’ se equivocó al decir que los mexicanos somos cangrejos”
“La gente no está molesta con Osorio por ser colombiano, es porque el equipo no juega bien”, destacó Alejandro Berry tras la polémica carta de Javier Hernández, por el recibimiento a Juan Carlos Osorio.