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Mexico: Mass displacement in Western Mexico

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 26 May 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Mexico: Mass displacement in Western Mexico, 26 May 2011, available at: [accessed 27 May 2016]
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Up to 700 people have been in the Western Mexican State of Michoacán following a battle between rival factions of the La Familia drug Cartel on Tuesday. Villagers in hamlets near the area where the confrontation happened fled fearing more violence. They have found refuge in a church hall and in a water park in Buenavista Tomatlán. The Civil Defence Director reported that local authorities had provided blankets, mats, and food, but no further information about the conditions of the IDPs was available. This is the largest case of in Mexico since the violence broke out in early 2007. In nearby Nayarit State, 28 people were found near the town of Ruiz, also as a result of a confrontation between rival cartels.

Meanwhile, further South in the State of Guerrero, 54 families have been from the settlement of La Laguna following threats from an armed group. They have reportedly been threatened again in their place of displacement, prompting local authorities to dispatch more police forces to protect them.

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