Unique Whistle Language Could Disappear, Forever
Over hundreds of years, the inhabitants of San Pedro Sochiapam,developed a whistled form of the Chinanteco language, which enables communication over long distances. But as modernity spreads to this remote mountain village, the unique “whistle language” is becoming obsolete.
Bullet Proof Car Makers See Opportunity in Mexico
While homicides have decreased in Mexico over the past two years, kidnappings have grown by 25 percent in just one year, and armed assaults have remained about the same. This means that demand for bullet proof vehicles is growing fast among Mexican politicians and businesspeople, even if the government claims that drug violence is down.
Mexican Students Conduct Desperate Search for 43 Missing Classmates
The Mexican government has said that 43 students who went missing in September were massacred and burnt to ashes by drug traffickers who kidnapped them with the help of local police.
But students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college are still searching for their classmates and hoping to find them alive. We followed the students on one of these independent searches, heading into dusty, remote villages in southern Mexico that have long been under the influence of drug trafficking groups.
Avocado Farmers Baffled by Superbowl Bonanza
Mexican avocado exports triple in the weeks leading up to the Superbowl as Americans stock up on guacamole for football parties. We visited an avocado farm in Mexico to see if farmers knew why January brings so much work.
Vigilante Movement Spreads in Mexico
Lemon farmers and cattle ranchers in Mexico’s Michoacan state are fed up of being taxed by drug cartels, who no longer just sell drugs for a living. The lack of government response has prompted them to form vigilante groups that have declared war on cartels, and are quickly growing across Mexico.
Pablo Escobar’s Legacy: A Growing Herd of Hippos
Colombia’s government is struggling to contain a herd of 40 hippos, who were introduced into the country by Pablo Escobar. The drug dealer’s Hippos roam freely through the farmlands that are near his old estate threatening the lives and property of local campesinos. Government agencies have few funds to control the hippo herd. Meanwhile scientists and farmers are at loggerheads over how to deal with these dangerous animals.
Amid Passionate Protests, Mexico Approves Oil Law
Mexico has approved an energy reform bill that will allow foreign companies to develop its oil fields for the first time in decades. The reform, which was a top priority in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s agenda, was passed by Mexico’s Congress amid passionate, and bizarre protests that were staged inside and outside congressional buildings. [see text story here and explainer with infographics here]
Sex Workers Become Journalists in Mexico City
Being a prostitute is not illegal in Mexico. But it does come with lots of prejudice and abuse. A small cluster of Mexico City sex workers is learning journalism, so that they can tell the world their own version of what happens on the streets.
Mexico Fuses Halloween with Day of the Dead
In Mexico, Halloween coincides with the Day of the Dead, a festivity in which Mexicans visit the graves of deceased relatives and encourage their souls to come home with elaborate offerings of food and drink. Some people regret the growing visibility of Halloween, and even claim that it is taking over El Dia de los Muertos. But look closer and you’ll find that Mexico has given this American holiday, a very peculiar twist.