Things That Matter

[Video] Recording Of A Haitian Mother Pleading For Medical Help For Her Son Has Been Recovered And It Is Heartbreaking

Caravans crowded with Central Americans fleeing violence from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have made international headlines for their journeys through Mexico to the country’s northern border, but asylum-seekers from other parts of the world, increasingly Africa and Haiti, are also seeking temporary refuge in Mexico and are experiencing a different reality from immigration officials.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Black migrants housed at the Feria Mesoamericana shelter, which is located in Tapachula, Chiapas, attempted to flee the facility, claiming mistreatment and malnourishment.

In a video capturing the uprising, the third one in a month, a Haitian mother of two is seen stretched out on a dirt pavement, crying for help for her sick son, 5, while her toddler crawled nearby.

“My son has been sick for a lot of days. I have suffered a lot,” the woman shouted in Spanish through the bottom of a gate in front of a group of reporters outside the facility. “They haven’t given us a bit of food. There is no drinkable water.”

She continued, imploring: “Help, help me with my son. He is sick. I have two sons, a five-year-old and a [14]-month-old. … Help me please. My son is dying.”

According to EFE news agency, the National Institute of Immigration called the revolt nothing more than a “disturbance” at the facility and alleged that all migrants had been fed and given medical attention.

The Daily Mail reports that the facility is a branch of the Siglo XXI shelter, which has also been criticized for inhumane conditions, like guards starving and abusing migrants and housing them in facilities with overflowing toilets, rats and roaches.

Mexico’s lax immigration rules has encouraged more migrants from Haiti, Cuba and Central and West Africa to trek through the nation in hopes of making a case for asylum at the US-Mexico border. However, as the Trump administration’s immigration policies hold thousands up at the border, many are left in limbo in northern Mexican regions.

Unlike most migrants, those coming from African countries also rarely cross between ports of entry, preferring to follow US and Mexican law and wait their turn at the border.

“They’re getting the worst end of the stick,” Mike Smith, a Methodist pastor who runs a migrant shelter in Laredo, told USA Today. With little language comprehension and even less money, he says these migrants are “not very well-received in Mexico.”

Groups, like Casa de Misericordia, a Laredo-based shelter for abused migrant women, have popped up to help the migrants.

Sister Rosemary Welsh, who runs the safe house, says many of the women have lost everything and don’t have anywhere else to go, yet they remain locked up, with no one willing to hear their asylum case, for more than a year.

“It’s just more complex for them to try to work through the process,” Welsh said. “Getting people to support them, getting people to take their cases, it’s all more difficult.”

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

Things That Matter

Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Things That Matter

Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com