Battle on the Borderland Heating up.
Insights on the never ending war in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, will it ever end or is it the end of a once beautiful and vivacious tourist town?
Toursit town or war zone?
As everyone knows for about two years now there has been a gigantic war going on in Ciudad Juarez Mexico between all the drug cartels. It seems that the town would be completely vacant by now but still some people choose to stay regardless of all the risks. Speaking for myself I do have family there and understand why you would still go over and why some would stay as they are not involved in what is going on. Still you have to wonder with all the innocent by standers getting horribly injured if not murdered why on earth is the town still afloat? The once vibrant, friendly and tourist geared city has now turned into a place of terror and violence that I have never known. Nearly all the people on the block of my families house have all moved away and for good reason, most of their relatives were either killed or kidnapped as a result of not paying the debts to the drug lords.
It seems that on every block you see the horrible images of soldiers carrying machine guns and nervously looking at every corner to see who is coming out from behind it. The worst part of it all are the Federales they are the ones that have been bought off and are even worse than that drug lords. With them you are not even able to ask for help if you need it, they always hide their faces behind black ski masks, carry their machine guns pointed right into the crowded streets and seem to think that they are God's gift to the people of Juarez. In reality everyone there fears them and does everything they can just to stay out of their way.
This image above is a daily sight in the city and everyone seems to have gotten used to it but no one trusts it or really appreciates it very much. The once beautiful and vibrant city I knew as a child has now turned into a nightmare to even go into. Each time I cross I feel leery about what will happen and where to go if I ever need any kind of assistance. I suppose that someday the cartels will eventually run out of people who are trying to cross them and end this war but it does not look like it will be any time soon. The worst part of it is is that since I live in a town so near the border that this violence has made it's way to my neighborhood.
Now all the people who are in danger of being caught or hurt by these cartels are crossing illegally now to this town of El Paso and trying to hide their kids in our schools and work in our offices. This only brings even more people into danger because these cartels can easily cross over to our side and end up hurting our children and families. Grant it I do feel bad for these people but they shouldn't be doing what they are to begin with let alone bring their problems to us and expect us to handle it for them.