By Elijah Stevens / InSight Crime
A new report states that organized crime remains a major source of internal displacement in Mexico, but experts and victims say the government continues to ignore the problem.
A recent field report by National Public Radio (NPR) found that criminal groups and the threat of violence has displaced large numbers of people across Mexico.
One woman, identified only as Esperanza, told NPR that she and 80 other families fled the Pacific state of Sinaloa once criminal gangs moved into the area in order to take control of drug cultivation, threatening to kill anyone who resisted them. Esperanza said she received no government assistance after fleeing the gangs.
According to one expert, it is common for displaced victims such as Esperanza to receive little to no government support. Sarnata Reynolds, a senior advisor for Refugees International (RI), told NPR the Mexican government refuses to even acknowledge the country’s internally displaced population.
“If the government of Mexico was to recognize this and actually treat the victims of forced displacement, it would be overwhelming,” she said. “It would be hard for the government to do it right. But right now the government isn’t doing it at all.”