The Psychological Violence of Mexico’s War on Drugs

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A Mexico City protest during President Felipe Calderon's era. The sign says Calderon is "responsible for more than 65,000 deaths of children under 6 years old." Photo by Eneas De Troya via Flickr.

Mexico’s prolonged drug war has taken a significant psychological toll on all of its citizens, not just direct victims of violence, according to a study from the Mexican Center for Economic Research and Teaching. Researchers found symptoms of depression and deep emotional distress, fueled as much by state-sponsored military violence as by the gruesome actions of crime cartels . . .

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