Mexican drugwar


On patrol with a group of “Autodefensas” in Mexico's troubled Michoacán province. Their name was recently changed into Fuerza Rual and gets officially supported by the government. They are a sort para-militia which arose from a citizen selfdefense movement. They are now controlling big areas of Michoacán province, which they recaptured from the Caballeros Templarios Cartel (Knight Templars Cartel)


Picture of Alicia Aguillar, 47, (left) in her house in La Ruana. Her husband was a member of the Autodefensas but was killed in a shootout with the Caballeros Templarios Cartel (Knight Templars Cartel). Next to her stands her son, who is now also fighting for the Autodefensas.


Portrait of priest José Luis Segura at his church in the village of La Ruana. His community was heavily terrorized by the Caballeros Templarios Cartel (Knight Templars Cartel) until a community self-defense group restored some degree of law and order.


People are seen singing and praying at a service at the cathedral of Morelia. Morelia is Michoacáns provincial capital and was mostly spared of the drug-war.


Portrait of the local leader of the Autodefensas, Hipólito Mora, 60. He is under a constant thread of being attacked or ambushed by the cartel. Thats why he always has a group of bodyguards surrounding him.


At a checkpoint of the Mexican military close to the village of Apatzingán. The military has a bad reputation and seems to be very corrupt. The local population has no trust in them at all.


An elderly woman is seen sitting in a coffin-shop in the village of La Ruana.


Students are staging a massacre in the regional capital Morelia. Every year on 2nd October the students remember on a massacre that took place in 1968 in Mexico City. That year between 30 and 300 students were killed by the Mexican military. Recently the protests were fueled by the killing of 43 students in the city of Iguala in Guerrero province.


Mexican drugwar

Julius Schrank