The reporters who wrote the stories included in the collection visited the 14 municipalities presented in the work, including Cochoapa el Grande, Metlatonoc (Guerrero), Caicoyoacan, Santa Lucia, Miahuatlan and San Martin Peras (Oaxaca), Chalchihuitan, Santiago el Pinar, Chanal, Sitala, Mitontic (Chiapas), Mixtla de Altamirano and Tehuipango (Veracruz), Batopilas (Chihuahua) and La Angostura (Sinaloa). The population in those cities is condemned to a slow death through starvation, malnutrition and lack of medical attention, and the lack of efforts to help the people there constitutes “authentic genocide” being committed by the Mexican authorities, Badillo said.
Although some families might be on the lists of the government assistance programmes, the aid does not really get to them because of the remoteness of the country’s mountainous zones where many of them live, and due to the corruption of the authorities, the journalist said. “When a cheque arrives with some aid, they must spend several hours and even days getting to a town to cash it,” Badillo said.
In Mexico, there are thousands of people who are living in sub-human conditions, similar to those that prevail in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, he added. The government, meanwhile, said that the recession had increased from 14 million to 19 million the number of people in the country who are living in extreme poverty.