Since Mexico's President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, nearly 23,000 people have been killed as a result of the drug war that has engulfed many parts of the nation, and June might end up being the country's most violent month to date. Just this past weekend, the mayor of Guadelupe was shot and killed in front of his wife and child. And the violence just keeps getting worse.
In Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million people, reported 2,626 murders last year. That's more than the number of civilians deaths in Afghanistan the same year: 2,412. Across the country, 5,229 murders have been reported by the Mexican Newspaper Reforma so far this year, putting the country sadly on track to outpace last years total of 6,588.
Dudley Althaus, Mexico bureau chief for The Houston Chronicle, tells us how Calderón is handling this violent turn of events and what Mexico's people feel about their country's chances to stem the violence taking place in their streets. Althaus says Mexicans are calling on Calderón to use more targeted methods instead of taking the fight into the streets. Meanwhile the Mexican government is instituting tip lines to try to get citizens to help track crime in their neighborhoods.