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Mexican archdiocese: families afraid to report kidnappings

November 29, 2016

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico, has cancelled a program that registered the names of suspected kidnapping victims, explaining that families were afraid to provide personal information because of fears of retaliation.

The archdiocese had opened a register of missing persons because of a surge in kidnappings and killings by drug-trafficking gangs. But the program was ineffective; the relatives of people who had been abducted were unwilling to publicize their names. “The people, because of fear, do not want their names to appear,” Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega reported, explaining the decision to discontinue the registry.


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