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Mexico: Thousands displaced by violence in Sinaloa

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 8 August 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Mexico: Thousands displaced by violence in Sinaloa, 8 August 2012, available at: [accessed 13 February 2016]
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According to local authorities, up to 2,300 families have been displaced from the mountainous area in the Pacific-coast State of Sinaloa, known as the Sierra de Sinaloa. Families have not only fled from confrontations between two cartels, the Cartel de Sinaloa and the Beltrán Leyva Organization, but also from extortion, kidnappings and threats. They have sought refuge in more populated municipalities, including Mazatlán, where many have settled on empty plots of land withoutwater or sewer systems, with authorities becoming overwhelmed by the arrival of displaced people.

It has been reported that Federal authorities will set up temporary response systems, including the provision of basic services and a temporary employment program. Separately, the National Commission on Human Rights announced that it will develop a protocol to guide the response by federal and state authorities to assist in the protection of displaced people.

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