Alma Gullemoprieto describes in National Geographic the tragic Mexico of today. A country taken over by hopeless poverty and drug cartels. Where the harsh realities of daily life have elevated unholy saints to the status of long revered Catholic icons.
The article, published in May 2010, is a brutal description of daily life in Mexico. Gullemoprieto, who lives in Mexico, original intention is lost as one reads the chilling description of a country where lawlessness rules the day and the government makes no meaningful inroads. A population filled with terror turns to death itself for protection.
The unintended consequence of this National Geographic article is a screaming argument for immigration and border control. It cannot be read without thinking this could be us, our families and our cities. This could be our country.