The beginning of the Mexican Autodefensas – vigilante groups resisting the cartels and sometimes the government.
She was the first
The 11-year-old, with the body of a woman, starred at him. Bewildered, she asked him:
“What is this?”
Her bulging belly, seven months pregnant, she arrived at the Health Center displaying a reality that nobody wanted to see.
Dr. José Manuel Mireles again asked: “When was your last period?”
She replied: ‘What’s a period?’
The young girl returned to the medical center three months later with a baby in her arms.
She was the first.
Later followed an apocalyptic pilgrimage of pregnant girls, girls who were mothers:
“In three years, I only took care of pregnant girls. The oldest was 14 years old. I supervised the pregnancy of 200 girls. Until I said; enough is enough! Are there no men in this town to defend their girls, their women? “
Doctor Mireles takes a deep breath, tall with Gray hair, thick mustache, thin, weather-beaten hands from the sun and work. Remembering the past still makes him tremble angrily. He reminisces on the helpless feeling in that moment, when he did not know what to do, when he was sure that the town, the place where he lived, where his parents were born, where their children grew up, could not continue this way;
“We had two years of planning on how we would take up arms to fight, but we never had the courage,” he says tight-lipped.
The stories of abduction and rape of wives and daughters were increasing. How many women raped? How many missing? The image of that first pregnant girl was recurring, like a nightmare. Recalling her innocent face, her sweet voice:
She told me she did not know who the baby’s father was. Her father is a farmer and her mother worked in ironing. She was alone and as soon as the bastard Templarios arrived, they raped her. She never knew who the father of the child was.
Then came the straw that broke the camel’s back.In the month of October alone, during the afternoon shift, he took care of 14 pregnant girls; six of them friends of his daughter at the secondary school.
Time passed and for the month of December, the number of pregnant girls rose to 24.