Art exhibit honors Mexican drug war’s missing

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A new exhibit in Mexico City tells a story from Mexico’s drug war. It starts with the worn shoes of people searching for their missing loved ones.

CCTV America’s Martin Markovits report.
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Art exhibit honors Mexican drug war\'s missing

Art exhibit honors Mexican drug war\'s missing

A new exhibit in Mexico City tells a story from Mexico's drug war. It starts with the worn shoes of people searching for their missing loved ones.

Ana Enamorado’s son, Oscar, disappeared in 2010, presumably a victim of Mexico’s drug war, Ana tried frantically to find him. Unfortunately Mexican authorities were of no help.

Since moving to Mexico, Ana has dedicated six years in finding Oscar. She is now sharing her story by taking part in an exhibit to bring a face to those who have disappeared.

Ana and 87 family members have donated personal items such as pairs of shoes as reminders of how far they have walked in their search for their loved ones.

Amnesty International citing Mexican government records estimates that almost 28,000 people have been reported missing in the country.

While high-profile cases such as the one involving 43 university students who went missing in southern Mexico in 2014 have attracted international attention, most cases aren’t mentioned in the media.

The artist behind the shoes exhibit, Alfredo Lopez Casanova, wants to bring more awareness to this issue. He came up with the concept after attending a rally for the victims’ families.

For now, the problem of disappearances will continue to get attention through exhibits like this one. But, for the families seeking their loved ones, their shoes will continue to be a reminder of the pain and suffering they have to go through.