Social Activists Murdered in Ciudad Juárez
“My blood, blood of dawn, blood of a divided moon, blood of silence…” – Poem “Sangre” by Susana Chávez
Juárez Femicide Activist, Susana Chávez Castillo was murdered on January 6, 2011.
Days later, her mutilated body was found at a downtown street in Juárez. Although three minors have been arrested for her murder, human rights activists are criticizing the Chihuahua police and government officials for closing and shutting without a thorough investigation and for reporting that her death had nothing to do with Susan’s activism.
A month earlier, anti-violence campaigner Marisela Escobedo Ortiz was shot and died at the doors of the Palace of Government. Marisela was killed for asking for justice. She maintained a vigil to demand that the government take action against the murderers of her 17-yearold daughter, Rubi Frayre Escobedo.
“There has been a kind of persecution against those who raised their voices, that is why in the last marches women have covered their faces, because of real fear. Persecution might be subtly disguised, but there is persecution against social activism and proof of it is Marisela’s and Susan’s murders,” stated Armine Arjona a friend of Susana’s.
Susana and Marisela were staunch advocates for an end to the death and violence against women in Juarez and Chihuahua. We should commit ourselves to the struggle so that there won’t be, ¡Ni Una Muerte Más!