Mexico Starts Program for Orphans in Juarez
POSTED: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 7:50am
UPDATED: Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 4:17pm
JUAREZ - Mexico's drug war has claimed thousands of lives, but not every victim is among the dead.
For every person that has died there are often children who are orphaned. That's why Mexico has launched a new $8 million program to support families of children who have been orphaned by the drug war. More than 9,000 people have died in drug violence in and around Juarez since 2008. That's when rival cartels started a turf war over smuggling routes to the U.S.
In addition to being orphaned, many children are traumatized by the site of one or both their parents being murdered. The new program offers therapy, scholarships, food support and medical attention, depending on the needs of each family.