Five years ago today, 43 students from a teacher’s college in Mexico disappeared. Families of the missing students are still living in anguish, unsure of what happened to their loved ones. Valeria Leon reports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQfk0yqXaIY The unsolved case of 43 missing students continues to draw crowds to protest. Parents of the victims persist in their demand to bring justice to the case. September 26th, a day that has come to represent the State’s criminal involvement in human rights violations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YlbaO750g

27-year-old Francisco Romero was shot dead outside a bar in Playa del Carmen. His colleagues remember his coverage of the crime beat in this resort town. After Romero was kidnapped in 2018 and his Facebook page was hacked, he sued the responsible parties, including the Mayor of Playa del Carmen.  After this happened, independent reporters expressed their fear of continuing their work. In this context of extreme violence, journalists have become a new target in Playa del Carmen, where the homicide rate has reached epidemic proportions. https://www.univision.com/univision-news/exclusive-reporter-murdered-in-mexico-video

Being a journalist in Playa del Carmen is a high-risk affair. Authorities couldn’t ensure Francisco Romero’s safety. He was one of the most followed reporters but also, one of the most threatened, which led him to leave the state of Quintana Roo for three months. But six months after he came back he was killed. Her widow, 40-year-old, Veronica Rodriguez, remembered when Romero finally got around to asking her to marry him. She gave us the last interview before leaving the state for security reasons. https://fusion.tv/video/594137/the-5th-journalist-murdered-in-mexico-this-year/?fbclid=IwAR3N8jFiIKf5NrFkvFgqk9ZpNqSu6IjEAQDZAOXnj7xFa17LDZzL0AcX7Bc

Mexico boasts an array of medicinal plants. They grow naturally in rural areas, where communities have little access to formal healthcare facilities. eight out of 10 people use traditional medicine. An essential part of Zapotec culture is using plants for medicinal purposes. Zapotec healer Isabel Jimenez wants to pass on her skills and knowledge to younger generations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMNju_LjBiE In an effort to protect natural vegetation, threatened by accelerated urban growth, the National Autonomous University of Mexico has set up a digital library, that lists more than 3,000 indigenous plant species. The Sonora Market in Mexico City is the largest medicinal plant market in the country. More than 300 different species are available for sale here. Full Story here: https://www.trtworld.com/video/news-videos/mexico-medical-plants-mexico-is-renowned-for-the-indigenous-medicinal/5ca998775788bd644f8bffb1

Mexico, more than a tourism destination, is a gastronomic paradise. “Don’t visit the pyramids, dive into the richness of flavor of their popular dishes”, is the advice a foreigner gives to a fellow european countryman who is about to visit the country. I went with Rajan along some of Mexico City’s markets and, among pungent smells of boiling barbacoa and melted cheese, he described his experience in the country using food: “For a mexican, everything revolves around food. The get-togethers, the customs, the parties, it all becomes a part of the culinary experience.” As I observed with distaste the bubbling of oil cooking the chicharrón, he smiled before what he considered to be an elixir. “The barbacoa is the best I’ve ever tasted”, he told the street vendor from State of Mexico, who with a fleeting smile offered the european a taco. It was gone in two bites. Worldwide culinary…