Friday, March 8, 2019

The Blog and the Contributors

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - The Blog and the Contributors


"So the drugs don't reach your children,
we are killing them for you,"
Federal Government.
Borderland Beat collaborators and staff devote a lot of personal time and effort in providing vital information about the Mexican drug cartels to loyal readers without earning a cent.

I have never personally met any of the contributors face to face, although I became good friends to some of them. Some I knew better than others. Everyone’s identity was hidden using a pseudonym name, but some confided to me in some of their personal information and I knew a little bit about them. For example, I would talk to Illiana, mostly about the drug cartels, but sometimes about our happiness and fears.

I remember when she covered a story where the military had shot at a family that went through a military checkpoint and killed two little boys in the state of Tamaulipas. They were on a vacation travelling to the beach to spend Easter ("El Día de la Coneja" for Two Little Boys). I remember her taking it really hard, and she did because it was personal. Illiana lived in the area where the incident occurred. She started her article by saying, “I cried today.” She went on to say:

“Well damn, it turns out the boys were actually killed by Mexican military forces, the same ones who are supposed to be here to protect us from the bad guys. 

This whole thing is so sad, especially because we are talking about innocent children, who were just looking forward to going to the beach to hide eggs for Easter. How can this be happening? 

This is not the first time Borderland Beat has covered the death of innocent bystanders killed by military forces, last month the Editor of this blog wrote a report entitled "The Mexican Drug War’s Collateral Damage." I really don't want to repeat a lot of what has already been said, but really, something needs to be done. 

Just so you know, La Jornada and El Milenio, which are national media sources, ran with the story, but the local media outlets did not publish shit, nada! They totally suck, who are they working for? 

The people should stop buying their worthless newspapers or watching their lame news on TV. 

God receive these two young boys in heaven because they have already been in hell for Easter Sunday! 

Today they are in the garden of God hunting for eggs on el día de la coneja. 

Shit!”

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