It was an arresting image: two smiling heads of state jogging together across an Ottawa bridge in shorts and t-shirts.
Justin Trudeau’s much-photographed run with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during Nieto’s state visit to Canada in June was meant to convey an important message. Canada has a close friendship with Mexico, the PM has said on several occasions, describing it as a partnership based on shared values and cemented through new agreements for collaboration, not to mention growing trade and investment.
So it’s no wonder that some people in Mexico have high hopes of Canada, especially against a background of an acute human rights crisis and deep, well-justified distrust of Mexican authorities.
September 26 marks two years since the unthinkable happened. Buses carrying students from a rural teacher-training college were attacked with gunfire by police in the town of Iguala.
Three students were shot to death — executed in the street over the desperate cries for help of their classmates. Others were badly injured — one remains in a coma — and 43 students were loaded into police vehicles, never to be seen again.
One of them was Jorge Antonio, the beloved son of Hilda Legideño, a woman with pain etched into her face. “We’ve spent two years searching,” Hilda told me last week, recounting the tireless, agonized, courageous efforts of her family and the relatives of the other missing students.
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