How Mexican Drug Cartels Don’t Get Respect Even After Death
Drug trafficking is such a hated crime that even after the death of those dealing in it, they are not being given a respectable burial. According to an investigative NGO Quinto Elemento Labs, more than 30,000 unidentified bodies remain unclaimed in morgues post.
These bodies involve most caught in the bloody Mexico drug war.
A militarized crackdown on organized crime could have harrowing repercussions. Most of these 39000 bodies remain unclaimed and not buried. They await autopsies too. The story gets even more harrowing as one realizes that many of these bodies have found half the share of their peace as they stand buried in borrowed graves.
More than 2500 bodies were given away to medical schools. Most never went through postmortem either. Others were left at funeral homes. It is a sad condition as the families of these deceased have never been able to claim the bodies themselves. It is now confirmed that 70percent of the 39000 such bodies were sent to common graves without their next of kin being informed.
Since 2006, the body claim has risen to an unbelievable 1032percent. It is now confirmed that in the tryst to control the drug cartels in Mexico, local morgues are constantly struggling for space to store the dead. Many have had to do with makeshift storing facilities like trailer trucks or large refrigerators. In 2018, a heart wrenching incident came to light when some 200 bodies were found thrown into a trailer parked outside the bounds of the city.
Stories of stench coming from overcrowded morgues are common. These include places like Chilpancingo and Tijuana to name a few. While the current government has promised to do something about it, the solution does not seem in sight and has not been given off to the media either. Since 2007 to 2018, official figures confirm that some 1.1 million civilians have lost their lives directly or indirectly connected in the drug cartel wars amongst themselves or with the authorities.
A similar situation was being faced in the Middle East when post Covid-19 deaths, morgues were refusing to keep bodies and they were being left unattended either on the sides of the hospitals. Some burial grounds would also refuse to bury them in fear and misconception of contracting the virus from the dead. Drug crime has been the toughest to control within Mexico and on the border of Mexico and the US since its inception in the early 1980s.