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.