Writers’ Institute alum Daniel Hernandez is the El Paso correspondent for The Guardian. In this article he covers the collateral damage of Mexican Cartel Drug War. Read the excerpt below…
Cristina Roman didn’t know where to begin. When asked how the epic violence and criminal impunity in her native Ciudad Juarez invaded her own life, she paused, then asked: “How far should I go back?”
She decided to begin from May 2010. It was then at the height of the bloodletting there in Mexico‘s deadliest city when, one night at 4am, she, her husband and three sons awoke to a terrible pounding at their front door. “My husband went to see who they were. Then he said: ‘Go hide with the kids. They have guns,’” she recalled.
“By the time I had my baby in my arms, the gunmen were already in the house.”