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A Museum In Mexico City Is Hanging Shoes To Honor Thousands Of Missing People

A museum in Mexico City is displaying over 60 pairs of shoes that belong to the relatives of missing people.

En los zapatos tenemos los pasos de la esperanza, que nos permite encontrar el camino". #HuellasdelaMemoria

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Sixty pairs of shoes, including heels, boots and kids’ shoes, were donated by relatives of the disappeared to remind everyone how much they’ve walked in the search of their loved ones. “These shoes symbolize the fight for the truth and the denunciation against the state-sponsored crime that are disappearances,” said Jorge Galvez, director of the Casa de la Memoria Indomita museum.

Each pair of shoe has a special note engraved under, like “We will never stop looking for you” and “We love you.”

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“People react differently to the exhibit,” Galvez said. “Some are sad and cry; others come out with a better understanding of the issue, and some become outraged.”

Artist Alfredo Lopez Casanova and his team of organizers hope to tour Mexico and the United States to bring to awareness to these issues.

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Although organizers remain optimistic, families of the 43 students who went missing in 2014 are still waiting their remains to be found. The exhibition will go on until June 26.


Read more about this exhibition here


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