Friday, April 20, 2012

Remembering 10,000 homicides in Juarez

Annunciation House bears the names of 10,000 Juarez deaths
In recent years over ten thousand people have been murdered in El Paso's sister city, Juarez, Mexico unter the auspices of a "drug war." Across the nation of Mexico the numbers of homicides soar to over 50,000.

As one component of its annual Voice of the Voiceless event, this year Annunciation House, 1003 E. San Antonio Avenue, will serve as a screen onto which 10,000 names will be projected--the names of the dead.
Annunciation House hosts the first of the banners to cover the building. Reading: Voice of the Voiceless. No olvidemos 10,000. Giving name, face and voice to those killed in Juarez.
Numbers betray us. They communicate fact, but often omit emotion. They cannot convey the impact that comes from actually seeing the enormity of this human rights disaster.
Listing 10,000 names requires more than a ream of paper.
Every evening, Sunday, April 22 through Friday, April 27 from 8:00PM TO 12:00AM the projection of names of the deceased and accompanying images will cover the Annunciation House building.

The public is invited to bring flowers, momentos, and/or other symbols to place upon the altar in memory of the 10,000 who have been killed in Ciudad Juarez and the more than 50,000 who have died throughout Mexico. 

How can we call it a "drug war" when the victims are children, youth, mothers and innocent civilians?

Screen on rear of building for images bears a quote from Mexican poet/activist Javier Sicilia in two languages.

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