April 18, 2011
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‘In Ciudad Juarez you can work. Here you can’t even take your camera out of the bag, it’s very very dangerous at the moment you have to be so careful.’
The border town of Ciudad Juarez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is often quoted as being the “most dangerous city in the world”. Whether that’s completely true I don’t know, but it’s not difficult to find all the evidence anybody needs of the terrible violence there. Focusing on this violence was never part of my plan and if it didn’t exist I’d still be here, but it’s tough and scary to be told the above from an experienced local TV journalist about parts of northeastern Mexico, areas I was planning to start visiting and producing work in over the coming weeks and months.
Some of the stories I’m reading and hearing at the moment are very disturbing.