Incoming US president Barack Obama met with Mexican president Felipe Calderon last Monday to discuss the situation.
According to the reports we get up here (which I will admit are few), more than 1/4 of the deaths have been in Ciudad Juarez (which translates as "Justice City"), which is right across the border from El Paso, Texas. Many say that the drug cartels are using warehouses in El Paso to distribute their drugs across the US, but there is no confirmation on this.
Hopefully something can be done to prevent the violence (and cut down on the illegal drugs fueling the violence).
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2009, at 12:40 PM by Calcruzer ]
For those interested, here is the coverage on this by the LA Times--
Interesting, but I don't know that this stuff belongs on a travel website--other than to warn people to stay out of certain areas where the violence is occuring.
Just another reason for the U.S. to AT LEAST federally decriminalize marijuana. I know that it will not solve everything but it may be a good start to help end some of this ridiculous violence by putting those scumbags out of business. A good comparison is what happened in U.S. during prohibition. I know marijuana probably makes the least amount of money of all the the drug trades, but I think it would be a good start. I don't know, just putting my two-cents in.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jan-2009, at 23:44 by nouse4name ]
I'll be flying to PV next February with my little family and as a seasoned traveller, I don't do
AI but look forward to roam around freely , do you there are serious risks for us ? (our Spanish is so-so, I'm learning some Mexican slang...)
PV is a world away from the border cities. It's like being in Seattle when there are drug wars in L.A. You guys will be fine.
How many of you are affected by the war between the Crips and the Bloods and other gangs in The U.S.A. in your travels to and from work, shopping, vacation?
Aren't they fighting over the control of drug traffic in their areas as well?
Why does the U.S. media not report on these activities and instead would rather spend it's resources on developments between gangs in Mexico?
This was posted on another forum -
Just had two friends return from Baja Mexico and they loved it. They said they felt safe and foreigners were in many of the towns they came across. Many from Europe, U.S. and Canada. They commented on how friendly the locals were and how people went out of their way to give them direction or tell them about cool places.
In one instance a local man invited them to his small house outside of town where they could camp. The man spoke perfect English and said that he worked and lived in Wisconsin with his family for 7 yrs and finally decided to return back to Mexico because he thought the States were to violent and dangerous for his family. One of the reason was that his kids school in Wisconsin was near his bank which had been robbed twice while he was there. In the years he has been back his bank in Mexico has never been robbed he said. Another reason was that one of the kids in his children's Wisconsin school went missing and was feared to have been abducted.
I say go where ever you want to go within reason. There will always be nay sayers on everything you do. Some people spend their lives doing things. Others spend their lives telling people why they can't or shouldn't do things. Be conscious and cautious in whatever you do and wherever you go in any part of the world and you'll experience minimal problems, as well as, a life that has been lived to it's fullest.
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Feb-2009, at 10:44 by Roadcrew ]