Sunday November 13, 2016

The 43 Disappeared

What are you willing to do get an education?  To what measure will you stand up for what is right? On September 26, 2014, forty-three students from Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Mexico proved their answers to these questions.  Strong, courageous answers and actions every parent hopes their child has conviction to provide. 

These brave students were on their way to protest against the Mexican government for what they believed was inadequate funding for their rural education.  Their trip was interrupted when police pulled their bus over and captured them.  They have yet to be heard from since. 

The investigation of what happened to these students has been messy, hard, and unclear.  Police have tried to silence the parents of these lost students in order to cover up the complicated and unstable government in place.  Protests, peaceful marches, and traveling abroad are means these parents have already endured and have no intention on slowing down until they receive the truth of what happened to their children. 

On November 1st, the university brought in three parents of the students who had gone missing.  My class had the opportunity to sit in on an hour and a half discussion about their experiences and stories on the incident.  Additionally, the parents had a full day of visiting classrooms, going to the law school, and spreading awareness on their children’s disappearances.

Afterwards, my class wrote a paper on the subject and reflected on the event the next day in class.  Our university brings people from all over the world to bring awareness to diverse issues.  It is an incredible privilege to be able to learn about these issues during our college career.  It raises consciousness throughout the student body and makes one think about the most effective ways to act on a host of difficult problems.

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