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Forgotten Guerrero

Series, 3rd place, Special prize "For humanitarian photography" by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
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Mexico, Guerrero, San Felipe del Ocote, 2018. Local police in San Felipe del Ocote. This ghost town is currently under the control of Familia Michoacana.
Mexico, Guerrero, Chilapa De Alvarez, 2019. Jose Navarro next to his brother’s grave. He wants to create a memorial for the victims of Chilapa.
Mexico, Guerrero, Acapulco, 2018. The stab-wounds on the back of a 17-year-old boy found dead with his head and limbs detached. He is just one of the countless innocent victims found in Acapulco who are violently murdered to spread terror among the local population.
Mexico, Guerrero, Petlacala, 2018. Members of a self-defense group in a poppy field. The self-defence group of Sierra of San Miguel claim to protect the local population from the Tequileros criminal group.
Mexico, Guerrero, Chichihualco, 2018. Refugees from Los Morelos heading to the Chichihualco auditorium. Hundreds of people have been displaced since the Guerrero Unidos self-defence group decided to occupy towns in the municipality of Leonardo Bravo.
Mexico, Guerrero, Ayutla, 2018. A displaced family in Ayutla. Many live in precarious conditions without basic necessities.
Mexico, Guerrero, Acapulco, 2018. A man assassinated in Zapata, Acapulco. A sharp rise in violence in the city caused a tourism crisis and forced the government to launch a Guerrero Seguro operation.
Mexico, Guerrero, La Agavia, 2018. An abandoned toy in the ghost town of La Agavia.
Mexico, Guerrero, Los Timontos, 2018. Members of the self-defence group of Policia Ciudadana de Leonardo Bravo holding their positions.
Mexico, Guerrero, Acapulco, 2018. A crime scene in Acapulco. Tourism and investments have dropped as Acapulco is currently the most violent city in Guerrero, and for the last five years has been the most violent city in Mexico.
Mexico, Guerrero, Filo de Caballos, 2018. Interior of a house seized by the police in Tlacotepec. According to locals in Filo de Caballos, many girls were raped on its premises by members of the Policia Ciudadana de Leonardo Bravo.
Mexico, Guerrero, Area of San Miguel Totolapan, 2018. A wedding photo left behind in an abandoned home in the ghost area of San Miguel Totolapan.

This report looks at the State of Guerrero's current social and political situation. Violence is relentlessly on the rise amongst cartels and self-proclaimed defence groups; local feuds force the population to abandon their homes and towns, surrendering them to a ghastly  domestic conflict.

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