2012 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd prize

Drug Cartel's War

Photographer

Pedro Pardo

Agence France-Presse

09 January, 2011

A man squats beside the body of a relative, one of three corpses discovered in a street in the La Cima neighborhood of Acapulco on 9 January, the day after 15 beheaded bodies were found in the city.

About the photographer

Pedro Pardo

Pedro Pardo was born in Puebla in 1974, and studied graphic design at the Insituto de Artes Visuales in Puebla. He did a number of courses in photography and journalism, inclu...

Background story

Acapulco, Mexico

A man squats beside the body of a relative, one of three corpses discovered in a street in the La Cima neighborhood of Acapulco on 9 January, the day after 15 beheaded bodies were found in the city. Acapulco, the Mexican seaside resort much favored by the 1960s jetset, has become a battleground in the wars between drug cartels that are afflicting the country. Nightclubs are closing, and tourists staying away, as the violence escalates.

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