A Caravan for Peace led by Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia came to the Rio Grande Valley today to call for peace in the drug war that plagues both Mexico and the US.
“There’s no war that’s good and no peace that is good. All war is bad and peace will always be good,” said Javier Sicilia, Mexican Poet and Activist.
Many are the stories of those who follow the caravan for peace in its journey throughout the country, like those who travel from Mexico because they are tired of the country’s inaction to the thousands of victims.
“The gravity of so many deaths, I feel angry, furious, and disabled to be able to trust the government,” said Raul Nute-Avila, Traveling from Guadalajara with the Caravan for Peace.
To those whose family members have been kidnapped by members of the drug cartels as they traveled from the United States into Mexico.
“Five of my family members have been missing since November 27 of 2010. And we still know nothing of them,” said Ester Hernandez.
The caravan, which started August 12 in San Diego, California, has the goal of reaching Washington, D.C. September 12, in hopes that the government of the US realizes this is a war they are a part of.
“The governments are bowing down to crime, bowing down to the interests of business and war,” said Javier Sicilia, Mexican Poet and Activist.
He says the drug war is as much of the US’s problem as it is Mexico’s.
“The United States has 23 million drug addicts. That number has not gone down. And we have deaths. Deaths caused by those guns,” said Javier Sicilia, Mexican Poet and Activist.
At the end of his visit in Alamo, Sicilia planted an olive tree as a symbol of hope that the violence will soon end and that peace will finally come to those devastated by this drug war.
Cynthia Cano, FOX 2 News.