Disappearance of 43 students in Mexico remains unsolved after 8 years

  • Bernd Debusmann Jr
  • To BBC News

26 September 2022

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The case of the 43 missing students shook Mexico

The disappearance of 43 Mexican students on September 26, 2014 shook Mexican society, exposing the bowels of government corruption and underscoring the spiral of violence that had already left thousands dead. Eight years later, it is still not known what really happened.

About a half-hour drive from the small, sleepy Mexican town of Cocula, a fetid rubbish dump in the hills was once considered the last resting place of 43 Mexican students who disappeared on their way back together from a protest.

It was there, amid piles of plastic and everyday debris, that Mexican authorities alleged that members of the Guerreros Unidos killed and burned young people, all students at the Faculty of Rural Teachers of Ayotzinapa, after being kidnapped by corrupt police in the city. neighboring Iguala and handed over to criminals.

In 2016, however, independent investigators refuted the government’s theory that students were killed and burned at the dump—one of the most glaring lies in the case that revealed Mexico’s struggle with deep-seated corruption and rampant violence.