2010: Year of the Nini
Ciudad Juarez’s young
top the list of over
6,000 murder victims
From 2008- 2009, 54% of Mexico's narco war victims were age 21 - 35
In the meantime, Mexico has pledged $300,000,000 to reconstruct Ciudad Juarez. But only $6,000,000 has been budgeted for security.
For many youth, becoming a criminal is the “only option,” said Julian Contreras from the group, Plural Citizens Front. “We are in a country where there is no future for us as young people, and this is blowing up and radicalizing us,”
The young activist said the group has protested military presence, violence, and human rights violations.
For decades, the numbers of Mexican Nini were unknown because so many youth entered the US labor market. But America's poor economy and stronger border security now keeps these people home.
To make it worse, Mexico already faces a “demographic bonus” of people between ages 15-29.
Duuring the World Youth Conference, 27,000 people from almost 100 countries attended events. One was Felix Guerra, a Cabinet member with the Calderon administration. He spoke to the crowd and urged young people not become “victims of circumstances” or blame their parents, government or the world for the state of affairs. Instead, he suggested they become entrepreneurs using the “four Ms” solution: “market, market, market, market.”
Julian Contreras has different ideas. “Deep, drastic changes are needed–a change in economic policy and a more equitable distribution of wealth and not just spare change,” he said. “What we Mexicans need are real opportunities for development and education.”
Contreras added that collective activism is the key to a “better future, a better planet.”
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