Mexico's drug problem

Mexico's drug problem

From a windswept ridge high above El Paso, looking out across the Rio Grande to the vast plains of northern Mexico, Marisol Valles Garcia can almost see her home town. But she can’t go back.

Miss Valles, 21, fled Mexico in fear for her life, hustling her parents, sisters, husband and one-year-old son into a 4 x 4 vehicle and hurtling across the border to seek asylum in the United States. They left just in time. That night a squad of hitmen arrived at the family home, smashing down the door of their small bungalow and ransacking the rooms.

“I would like to go back home,” she said, talking to The Sunday Telegraph in her first interview with a British newspaper. “But if I hadn’t left my country I wouldn’t be alive now.”

The criminology graduate had recently been appointed chief of police in the small town of Praxedis G Guerrero, 50 miles east of Ciudad Juarez and a few miles from the US border.

And it is this proximity to the border - and the...
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