State neglect blamed for Mexico drug violence
Critics say government failed to address decades of poverty that fueled growth of narcotics trade.
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 18:14

More than 50,000 people, including many civilians, have been killed after years of drug-related violence in Mexico, causing much despair to communities across the country.

As the government continues its six-year long war on drug cartels, many blame state officials for failing to address the root causes of the unrest.

Critics say the state has neglected generations of Mexicans afflicted by the widespread poverty that helped fuel the violence.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Ciudad Juarez.


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