Current State of Indigenous People in Mexico
OneWorld gives a broad overview of the current issues facing the indigenous communities and especially women, in Mexico. Systemic rape, aggression and assassinations of indigenous women has skyrocketed in the past 10 years, as has natural resource extraction, issues with organizing indigenous communities, and the ever-lasting search for justice. Compounding these issues is the fact that the majority of the six and a half million indigenous people in Mexico live in poverty, lack access to the justice system, and above all, do not speak Spanish.
The political turmoil associated with the recent change of government will likely spur the reactivation of other indigenous organizations, reminding Peña Nieto of the many pending matters in terms of social justice.
But the people are skeptical and worry that it will continue to be more of the same and change will not come.
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