Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Las Mujeres de Juarez (The Women of Juarez)

Los Tigres del Norte
Pacto de Sangre
Reposted at Milwaukee Sentinel Journal

This veteran norteno band, which practically invented the narco-corrido 30 years ago, has never shied from social issues in its songs. With "Pacto de Sangre (Blood Pact)," Tigers of the North becomes one of the few top acts to confront one of the most horrifying realities of life along the U.S.-Mexico border: the kidnapping and killing of hundreds of young Mexican women in Ciudad Juarez.

In the blunt and jolting "Las Mujeres de Juarez (The Women of Juarez)," the band takes a swipe at police corruption in Mexico and cries out for justice to the point of inciting vigilantism "if the law does not resolve it."

The song anchors the middle of a 14-track album that gracefully weaves through diverse styles and themes.

- Agustin Gurza, Los Angeles Times
Review Link

More sources:

Bibliography about the Murders of Women of Ciudad Juarez

NPR: Who's Killing the Women of Juarez

Senorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman

Revolutionary Worker: The Disappearing Women of Juarez

Amnesty International: Intolerable Killings

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