Teun Voeten: Cuidad Juarez
Drug-fuelled gang violence in Mexico has surged since President Felipe Calderon launched a war on drugs in 2006. There were approximately 6,000 murders linked to organised crime in 2008, despite the presence of 40,000 soldiers actively deployed against the drugs cartels.
Mexico is the main route for the trafficking of drugs from South America to the US, a business that is worth an estimated 13 billion dollars each year. The epicentre of the violence is the border town of Ciudad Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from the Texas town of El Paso. With an average of eight people killed a day, Juarez has become the most violent city in the world.
Teun Voeten shot and co-produced a film on Cuidad Juarez for a Dutch television channel. This is a 15 minute re-edit.
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