Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon began in 2006 his offensive on the drug cartels that have long plagued the country, 2010 will go down as the deadliest year with 15,000 murders.
There are nearly killings every day to remind the country that is in a battle with a very fierce, well funded and violent foe. There are gruesome death scenes with beheadings, skinned victims on public display and public shoot outs all undermining the Mexican citizens sense of security and damaging the country’s reputation internationally.
Public officials, mayors, federal agents, beloved citizens and children have not been spared. This year in Mexico also saw 10 journalists killed and several more reported missing. The rate of human trafficking has also increased in the country with Central American governments blaming Mexico for the death of many of its citizen migrating through Mexico. The massacre of 72 migrants with their bodies found in heaps in Mexico highlighted this problem.
The government asserts that it remains in control and not the drug cartels and that only 162 municipalities are suffering high crime rates out of 2,456 municipalities. Either way 2010 is the Deadliest Year in Mexico.