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Group Uses Needle and Thread to Remember Those Killed in Mexico’s Drug War

Nancy Montoya - Arizona Public Media
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August 8, 2017
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Members of Fuentes Rojas remember those killed in drug cartel-driven violence by embroidering handkerchiefs like this one, which reads, "If you forget me they win." (Fuentes Rojas)

LISTEN: In cities all over Mexico women are facing down brutal drug cartels with a needle and thread.

 

It is estimated that the water in as many as 200 fountains in major Mexican cities have been dyed red. Next to the fountains, and in hundreds of Mexican homes, women are creating needlepoint handkerchiefs with the names of Mexicans who have died in the drug war, most killed by cartels.

The movement is called Fuentes Rojas (Red Fountains). Its members say they are “embroidering for peace.” In the past decade, almost 200,000 Mexicans have died in the cartel-driven drug wars.

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