Although official counts vary widely, hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens are known to be internally displaced. Most of those who fled their homes left as a result of violence at the hands of organized criminal groups. The highest rates of displacement are found in Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Durango, Sinaloa, Michoacán, and Guerrero – all states hit hard by drug cartels and gangs.
Families are trying to piece their lives together in new locations with little hope of returning to their homes. The Mexican government has the capacity to help, but they have to admit the crisis exists in the first place.