I’ve recently realized that I really enjoy breaking down and analyzing stuff. Not particularly in a story sense (I’ve always had a bit of a hard time with narratives UuU), but more of its technical aspects. Like, what are the habits of this artist that build their style? How do they portray volume? Why use this particular composition to portray this mood? Etc. And it’s really fun to just…try put myself in their art shoes for a little bit. And work with a mindset that’s a bit different than your own.

11 weeks after the attacks, the parents possessed little more information about their sons than what they had been told in the days immediately after the disappearances. This is what they knew. This is what we know. The police, aided by gunmen, killed three people, wounded more than 20, and disappeared 43. Three masked gunmen in civilian clothes returned to the scene of one of the attacks and killed two students and wounded others. Someone murdered and mutilated Julio César Mondragón Fontes. Someone murdered and burned Alexander Mora Venancio. The army forcibly removed wounded students from a private hospital but otherwise did not intercede. Everything else about what happened to the students after the police took them is either rumor, speculation, or based on dubious confessions.

In response to Murillo Karam’s statement, the parents warned of more protests. Many of them learned the news during a march in Mexico City and announced it while standing before Monumento a la Revolución, the towering edifice to the Mexican Revolution. Felipe de la Cruz, one of the fathers, told the crowd: “We will not sit down and cry. We will continue in our struggle to bring back alive the 42.” By then this demand — this heartbreaking and irreproachable demand — had come to speak not only for the disappeared sons of Ayotzinapa but also for the profound yearning to bring Mexico itself back from all the horror.

Full long-form account of Ayotzinapa, worth a read at: https://stories.californiasunday.com/2015-01-04/mexico-the-disappeared-en

and in Spanish: https://stories.californiasunday.com/2015-01-04/mexico-the-disappeared-es