Mexican guitar legacy under threat

Livelihood of residents in town of Paracho at risk of disappearing amid drug violence.

    For nearly 250 years, the Mexican town of Paracho has been known for its high-quality, hand-made acoustic guitars. But it is a tradition under threat from drug violence and an influx of cheaper instruments.

    Streams of tourist used to fill the town's streets. Now those streets are often empty, as visitors shun the violence associated with drug trafficking.

    Experts say with global and social forces coming down heavily on the residents of the town, many stand to lose that part of their identity.

    Al Jazeera's Franc Contreras reports from Paracho.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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