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'Under siege': Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Unable to send their children to school and too afraid to step out of their enclave of 16 mountain villages in the violence-plagued southwestern Guerrero state, residents say they have been left with little choice but to offer arms training to school-age children.
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Children hold toy guns as they demonstrate newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training,...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Children hold toy guns as they demonstrate newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
David Sanchez Luna, a community police agent, drinks a cup of coffee at his home in Rincon de Chautla,...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
David Sanchez Luna, a community police agent, drinks a cup of coffee at his home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. When the 56-year-old mother-in-law of David Sanchez Luna was tortured and killed after venturing out of her small Mexican community encircled by drug cartels, he let his seven- and ten-year-old daughters receive military-style weapons training. Unable to send their children to school and too afraid to step out of their enclave of 16 mountain villages in the violence-plagued southwestern Guerrero state, residents say they have been left with little choice.

"They do this to prepare themselves to defend the family, their siblings and defend the village," said Sanchez Luna, a corn farmer in a rugged region which five years ago formed a self-defense "community police" militia to protect itself.

REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
Reinel Toribio, 9, walks past state police officers holding a toy gun, as he demonstrates newly learnt...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Reinel Toribio, 9, walks past state police officers holding a toy gun, as he demonstrates newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training to a Reuters journalist in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020. The move by the villagers to offer arms training to school-age children shocked the nation and made global headlines last month after local media broadcast images of children as young as 6-years-old toting guns and showing off military manoeuvres.

While elders in the mainly indigenous community near the city of Chilapa privately concede young kids would not be used to fight cartel gunmen, they say their gambit to get the help of far-away officials in Mexico City is borne of desperation. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
People react during a funeral service held for five of the ten musicians who were ambushed and killed...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
People react during a funeral service held for five of the ten musicians who were ambushed and killed by suspected Los Ardillos cartel members, after stepping out of the territory guarded by their self-defence militia, known as CRAC-PF, during funeral services in Alcozacan, Mexico, January 29, 2020. Ten musicians from the area were ambushed and killed last month by suspected Los Ardillos cartel members after stepping out of the territory guarded by their self-defense militia, known as CRAC-PF. Their bodies were burnt.

The attack followed a spate of murders in recent year, including a beheading, that rattled the 6,500 residents whose lush land sits amid fertile poppy-growing farmland that feed Guerrero's heroin trade and supply routes to the United States. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Community police agents ride on the back of a truck while escorting widows on their way to claim a pension...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Community police agents ride on the back of a truck while escorting widows on their way to claim a pension from a government authority, in Alcozacan, Mexico, January 30, 2020. The grisly murders and siege-like conditions facing residents go to the heart of cartel power and state failure in modern Mexico, where runaway violence tears at society's fabric. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
Guillermo Gatica, 6, holds a toy gun as he demonstrates newly learnt skills from military-style weapons...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Guillermo Gatica, 6, holds a toy gun as he demonstrates newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020. President Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador said those who arm children "should be ashamed of themselves" and denounced the use of children to grab attention.

Lopez Obrador's government has struggled to get a grip on gangs and violence, with a record 34,582 murders last year. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
Espiriodion Gaspar, a community police agent whose family has gone missing after his village was attacked...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Espiriodion Gaspar, a community police agent whose family has gone missing after his village was attacked by Los Ardillos, cartel members, shaves his beard while on watch in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Abuner Martinez, 16, a community police agent who's father was beheaded by criminals, guards a check...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Abuner Martinez, 16, a community police agent who's father was beheaded by criminals, guards a check point in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 31, 2020. Abuner Martinez, 16, stopped attending school a year ago after his father was kidnapped outside CRAC-PF territory, tortured, and then beheaded.

"I got scared at that moment. I didn't want to go to school," said Martinez, who now wields a shotgun as he guards a checkpoint. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Children walk together in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Children walk together in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Community police agent Uriel Sanchez, carries a shotgun as he works in a cornfield in Rincon de Chautla,...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Community police agent Uriel Sanchez, carries a shotgun as he works in a cornfield in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
A community police agent shows a corncob from his cornfield, for a photo in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico,...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
A community police agent shows a corncob from his cornfield, for a photo in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Alberta Rodriguez Hernandez, whose mother was tortured and killed by unknown assailants, sits with her...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Alberta Rodriguez Hernandez, whose mother was tortured and killed by unknown assailants, sits with her daughter Erika Sanchez, 10, at their home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
A chicken stands with its leg tied to a piece of string, outside a house in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico,...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
A chicken stands with its leg tied to a piece of string, outside a house in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
A woman carries two chickens that were slaughtered earlier that morning, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
A woman carries two chickens that were slaughtered earlier that morning, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
People prepare a meal in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
People prepare a meal in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Women receive boxes of food during a visit by state governor Hector Flores (not pictured) in Alcozacan,...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Women receive boxes of food during a visit by state governor Hector Flores (not pictured) in Alcozacan, Mexico, February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Ana Xokojyolzin, 1, sits on her mother's lap, next to her sister Zitlalen Ester, 8, at home in Rincon...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Ana Xokojyolzin, 1, sits on her mother's lap, next to her sister Zitlalen Ester, 8, at home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Ana Xokojyolzin, 1, lies in a hammock at her home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Ana Xokojyolzin, 1, lies in a hammock at her home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Yektli Sanchez, 14, who has been trained as a community police agent, sits on his bed as he plays the...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Yektli Sanchez, 14, who has been trained as a community police agent, sits on his bed as he plays the guitar at his home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Adan Sanchez, 9, plays chess with his sister Zitlalen Ester, 8, at their home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico,...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Adan Sanchez, 9, plays chess with his sister Zitlalen Ester, 8, at their home in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Children with toy and real guns, demonstrate newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training,...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Children with toy and real guns, demonstrate newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Children walk in a single file, holding toy and real guns, as they demonstrate newly learnt skills from...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Children walk in a single file, holding toy and real guns, as they demonstrate newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Miguel Toribio, 11, puts a pistol belonging to his father into his belt, before demonstrating newly learnt...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Miguel Toribio, 11, puts a pistol belonging to his father into his belt, before demonstrating newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Community police agents help Natalia Rosendo, 80, to release her donkey, trapped between the rocks in...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Community police agents help Natalia Rosendo, 80, to release her donkey, trapped between the rocks in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Moises Sanchez, 20, a community police agent, guards his post in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, January 30,...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Moises Sanchez, 20, a community police agent, guards his post in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Josue Sanchez and Lucia Venancio, who are a couple, chat in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020....
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Josue Sanchez and Lucia Venancio, who are a couple, chat in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
A community police agent, poses for a photo as he guards a check point in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
A community police agent, poses for a photo as he guards a check point in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
People gather in a community centre to discuss security issues in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
People gather in a community centre to discuss security issues in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
People carry the coffin of a man who was one of the five musicians who were ambushed and killed by suspected...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
People carry the coffin of a man who was one of the five musicians who were ambushed and killed by suspected Los Ardillos cartel members, after stepping out of the territory guarded by their self-defence militia, known as CRAC-PF, during a funeral service in Alcozacan, Mexico, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
People carry the coffins of five of the ten musicians who were ambushed and killed by suspected Los Ardillos...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
People carry the coffins of five of the ten musicians who were ambushed and killed by suspected Los Ardillos cartel members, after stepping out of the territory guarded by their self-defence militia, known as CRAC-PF, during funeral services in Alcozacan, Mexico, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Dorotea Morales sits with her one-year-old son on her lap between her daughter and Maria Martinez, as...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Dorotea Morales sits with her one-year-old son on her lap between her daughter and Maria Martinez, as they travel to a meeting with a government worker, to ask for a pension after their husbands were killed by suspected Los Ardillos cartel members, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
Modesto Verales checks a pickup truck that his brother was killed in, after it was delivered by police...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Modesto Verales checks a pickup truck that his brother was killed in, after it was delivered by police in Alcozacan, Mexico, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
Community police agents meet at an intersection during an operation to buy products, at a territory allegedly...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Community police agents meet at an intersection during an operation to buy products, at a territory allegedly controlled by Los Ardillos cartel members near Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Men react during a funeral service held for five of the ten musicians who were ambushed and killed by...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Men react during a funeral service held for five of the ten musicians who were ambushed and killed by suspected Los Ardillos cartel members, after stepping out of the territory guarded by their self-defence militia, known as CRAC-PF, during funeral services in Alcozacan, Mexico, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Community police agents ride on the back of a truck while escorting widows on their way to claim a pension...
ALCOZACAN, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Community police agents ride on the back of a truck while escorting widows on their way to claim a pension from a government authority, in Alcozacan, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
A pig stands between trees on the outskirts of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
A pig stands between trees on the outskirts of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
A community police officer displays 45mm caliber bullets for a photo, after exchanging them with a colleague...
AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
A community police officer displays 45mm caliber bullets for a photo, after exchanging them with a colleague for other calibre's, on the outskirts of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
MEXICO-VIOLENCE/GUERRERO
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February 10, 2020
Houses stand in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Houses stand in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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February 10, 2020
Traditional Mexican tortillas are prepared in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre...
RINCON DE CHAUTLA, Mexico
The Wider Image: "Under siege": Inside Mexican village where children are armed
Traditional Mexican tortillas are prepared in Rincon de Chautla, Mexico, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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