Emergency Fund-Raising Appeal For Disappeared Mexican Students
"the September disappearance of 43 students
has struck a chord worldwide"
On September 26, 2014, police in Iguala, Guerrero killed six people and detained 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School, who have since been disappeared. Numerous mass graves have since been found outside of Iguala, but they are not believed to contain the bodies of the missing students. The search for the disappeared young men continues, led by family members and local organizations.
The Ayotzinapa Teachers College "Raul Isidro Burgos" Financial Committee is asking people outside of Mexico to make humanitarian relief donations via Rights Action (USA and Canada) in support of the students at the Ayotzinapa school and the families of the disappeared young men.
The majority of the disappeared students come from poor rural campesino families. After their disappearance, family members traveled from their communities throughout Mexico and are currently living at the Ayotzinapa school while they continue the search for their children. Since the September 26 police attack, the government has cut off the school’s meager food ration and the students and families are now relying on donations for their basic survival. People across Mexico have organized caravans to donate supplies, but there is a need for much more support.
Money is needed for the basic necessities (food, water, blankets, transportation and communication) of the students and family members who are living at the Ayotzinapa school, as they carry on efforts to try and locate their loved ones. Your donations to Rights Action will go directly to the Ayotzinapa Teachers College "Raul Isidro Burgos" Financial Committee, which is managed by students of the school.
For many, this is a time of great sadness and fear, but also one of deep rage. Mexico is a country filled with clandestine mass graves. The country has experienced numerous massacres and acts of terror over the past years, but the September disappearance of 43 students has struck a chord worldwide.
The students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college have a long history of concern for social-racial-economic justice and equality and of political involvement. Since the disappearances, the students and family members have, in conjunction with Community Police and human rights organizations in Guerrero, announced a comprehensive Action Plan to continue the struggle to find the 43 young men alive.