Mexico, a dangerous country for children; four a day disappear

The Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (REDIM) released alarming figures regarding murders of children and young people from 2007 to 2017, as there have been 13 thousand 217 murders against this population.

REDIM indicated that for every 4 disappearances of children and adolescents, 3 occurred during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto
REDIM indicated that for every 4 disappearances of children and adolescents, 3 occurred during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto

Juan Martín Pérez García, general director of REDIM, said that of this global figure, 55% of these murders occurred during Felipe Calderón Hinojosa's term, and 45% in Enrique Peña Nieto's, considering that the official record of the homicides that occurred in 2018.

Given this, said that the escalating escalation of violence seems to indicate that this last six years "will close with a history of deaths by homicide, making it the most violent sexennium of the last three decades."

He explained that Mexico records 4 disappearances per day of children and adolescents, being a dangerous country for minors before governments that make this "humanitarian crisis" invisible.

For every 4 disappearances of girls, boys and adolescents, 3 occurred during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto (75.3%) since from December 1, 2012 to April 30, 2018, 4 thousand 980 girls, boys and adolescents, of which 3 thousand 067 (61.6%) are women.

In the framework of the 2018 annual report, REDIM explained that the most violent year for the total population was 2017, with 31 thousand 174 homicides and a rate of 25.2 deaths per 100 thousand, however, for the child and adolescent population, 2012 continues to be the most violent year with 1,614 deaths and a rate of 4 per 100 thousand, then there are 2017 with 1,468 homicides and a slightly lower rate in 2012, 3.7 per 100 thousand.

In addition, it underlines that by federal entity a reconfiguration of violence is observed, since in 2012 Guerrero and the border states in the north of the country reported the highest rates of violence; for 2017, this phenomenon is dispersed to other entities, with abruptly rising homicides, as in the case of Colima and Baja California Sur, with 12 and 10 deaths against girls, boys and adolescents per 100 thousand, respectively.

Faced with this reality, Juan Martín Pérez García denounced that until today there is no clarity in a policy of attention to children by the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Pérez García said that 30% of the child and youth population does not matter for the new government.