Fault Lines

Mexico’s Disappeared

As Mexico reels over the disappearance of 43 students, Fault Lines unravels years of crime, corruption and impunity.

On September 26, 2014, 43 college students were kidnapped and disappeared by local police and cartel members in Mexico’s violent southern state of Guerrero.
'The Death of Ageing' won a gold medal in the Science & Technology category
‘The Death of Ageing’ won a gold medal in the Science & Technology category

Since then, outrage and indignation has spilled onto the streets as people across Mexico ask how the government could not only let something like this happen – but also be complicit in these human rights crimes.

The disappearance of the 43 students became the highest profile example of the country’s entrenched corruption in recent years, something that – until now – the government was able to ignore.

Fault Lines travels to Mexico to examine the scope of the unchecked criminal activity, investigate the case of the disappeared students, and meet families of those that have gone missing across the country as they try to find out what happened to their loved ones.