If you weren’t aware, Mexico has become a warzone. 50 million Mexicans live in brutal poverty, academics are almost non existent, theres mass unemployment, and I cannot think of a better breeding ground for drug dealers and drug production. The government is in shambles, people are scared and American tourists and Mexican residents are in the crossfire. It is literally to the point where public officers will get presented a gun with a roll of money and a cartel member will ask them, “Do you want death or do you want money?”
Uhhh, I’ll take money…
But greedy, self preserving asses like myself have driven Mexico further and further down into fear and poverty with corruption and crime every where. Mexico is like the worst case scenario showcased in post apocalyptic movies, with the corrupt running everything. Governing officials have fled, residents hide, and even priests who are the leaders of the municipality are gone. Yet in the face of all this malicious crime… one lady is standing up.
Marisol Valles Garcia is a 20 year old married woman with a child who has accepted the position of police chief of the municipality of Praxedis G. Guerrero in Chihuahua, Mexico. A 20 year old woman with a spouse, and child has taken a job in one of the most dangerous municipalities of Mexico. Not only is there a huge fear of death, but shes getting paid almost nothing, while disarmed and with no bodyguard. This is something out of a Disney hero movie. In the face of death, in the most dangerous part of an already dangerous country she is taking on the role of police chief when shes not even legally eligible to drink alcohol in the U.S. I’m already this chicks biggest fan. Something about standing up for good ideals, and fighting tyranny hits me right in the heart. Maybe little kid hero nostalgia, maybe learning that there are still decent people out there, I really don’t know. Did I mention Jesus Manuel Holguin, one of the preceding chiefs of police was killed on May 1st, 2009. Im dressing up like Marisol for Halloween… only with a cape.
This woman is driven by what she says is a huge effort to strengthen the family and the youth while promoting greater social development, as opposed to a full on assault which has been their strategy for years now. Instead of attacking the crime that already exists she is going to the source and trying to help kids, and the up and coming population create a life for themselves to fight the ongoing corruption.
I salute Marisol and hope she turns things around for her country because she is in the ultimate underdog position imaginable. I know its real life, but in a climate where most heroes are anti-heroes, or have massive flaws, or fall victim to some sort of corruption, I want to believe in this lady.