paintings by Erin Currier; top to bottom, left to right: Nataly Medrano, Liliana Elizabeth Sanchez, Silvia Sanchez Viesca Ortiz, Alma Marguerita Lopez Garcia, Perla Ivonne Aguirre Gonzalez
The phenomenon of the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, called in Spanish the feminicidios (femicides) and las muertas de Juárez (The dead women of Juárez), involves the violent deaths of hundreds of women since 1993 in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, a border city across the Rio Grande from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas. The victims of these crimes have preponderantly been young women, between 12 and 22 years of age. Many were students, and most were maquiladora workers. A number were relative newcomers to Ciudad Juárez who had migrated from other areas of Mexico and Central America. The estimated homicide toll is speculated to be around 400, but many local residents believe that the true count of los feminicidios stands at an estimated 5,000 victims. Most of the cases remained unsolved as of 2011.
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When people ask me why I don’t have a boyfriend. u tell me.
They say it came from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles. Fukú americanus, or more colloquially, fukú - generally a curse or doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World.
No matter what its name or provenance, it is believed that the arrival of Europeans on Hispaniola unleashed fukú on the world, and we’ve all been in the shit ever since.
"I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together."