Yesterday, June 5th, was the first anniversary of a tragedy that shocked the whole of Mexican society. And in these sad days we live in, when violence has erupted with a potency not witnessed since the mythic days of the Revolution, it takes a particularly horrible act to catch the attention of the public; the reason for this: the victims were all little children.
On June 5th 2009, the children kept at the 'Guardería ABC''. a state-sponsored day care center in the northern state of Sonora, were caught on a fire that had started somewhere else nearby. The result: 49 children killed, and many survivors left with permanent scars or health problems caused by the smoke which will affect them for probably the rest of their lives.
After the tragedy, the media showed us that this so-called 'day care center', where poor Mexican workers had to take their little children while they were busy at their respective job centers, was actually a warehouse. One of several kept by the State government in one of their buildings; the fire had actually started in one of these warehouses filled with bureoucratic documents and papers (highly inflammable stuff), but the worse thing was that the actual day care center didn't have any kind of emergency exits, as required by Federal law —the fact that the tragedy was not greater, was due to the courageous intervention of one of the parents; who used his pick-up truck in order to break a hole in one of the walls, and allow the teachers and remaining children to escape.
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