midnight in mexico

Yo soy infinita.
Soy el universo entero. A veces necesito colapsar para luego poder estallar y volver a crecer. Dentro de mi, tengo los agujeros negros más negros y profundos; pero al mismo tiempo contengo las galaxias más hermosas y las estrellas más brillantes. He aquí, todo lo que soy. No me haré más pequeña, no puedo hacerme más pequeña. No puedo ser retenida.
Yo soy infinita.

Alfredo Corchado tells Dave Davies about his uncle’s burial in Ciudad Juarez:

I kept listening to the sirens that were outside and all the other people burying loved ones. I couldn’t tell whether … they were victims of violence and so forth, but there was just so much death around you. And one thing that this guy had told me — the guy who had carried my uncle’s casket — he said, ‘You know, the only business these days, the only business that’s growing are funeral homes and people are talking about expanding the cemeteries because we’re running out of space.’ I think that was one of the saddest things I heard that day.

Image of Ciudad Juarez via The Global Post

Alfredo Corchado talks to Dave Davies about meeting a source at a restaurant on the American side of the border:

We had just sat [down]. We were about to order when these guys come in. To me they look like gang members, and one of them takes his hand out — his right hand — and points at me and does what seems to me like he was using a gun: bam bam bam. And I looked at him and I didn’t know whether that was a new greeting in Laredo, and I looked at [my source] Ramon and I said, ‘What was that about?’ And he said, 'Well, that’s strange.’ The manager then comes up to us and says, 'You guys need to leave now.’ Ramon gets really upset about that. He says, 'What’s going on?’ And [the manager] says, 'You need to leave,’ and just by the sound of his voice I thought, 'OK, this is urgent.’

Image of Mexico’s missing via Human Rights Watch