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

Drug Cartel's War

Photographer

Pedro Pardo

Agence France-Presse

15 March, 2011

The body of a woman and a girl lie on the floor of a family home, on 15 March. The woman and two of her granddaughters, aged six and two, were killed by gunmen.

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

The body of a woman and a girl lie on the floor of a family home, on 15 March. The woman and two of her granddaughters, aged six and two, were killed by gunmen. 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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