The Mexican government has spent plenty of cash during their war with the drug cartels that seek to keep Mexico under their thumb. But often, the real victims of the war get forgotten, those who have lost relatives or themselves been harmed during the more than six-year-long conflict.
They are generally left to fend for themselves and in many cases are even persecuted by Mexico’s police forces. This has caused quite a stir with human rights groups. Now, with a new president in power, the government is looking to correct some of this collateral damage by offering up much-needed medical care to those who have suffered.
The new law will attempt to assist victims by paying for their medical and psychiatric care, as well as setting up a fund for potential future reparations and organizing a national registry of victims. Rejected by the last president for its loose and unstructured nature, the law has been embraced by the new regime.
With tens-of-thousands of innocents dead because of the continuing war against the cartels, it’s good to see the government finally stepping up and doing more than just exchanging bullets with their enemies. It also serves as a powerful political move for the new president, one that many are inclined to disagree with but one that will also pan out with the citizens of Mexico come next election time.
And even though critics of the law have some issues about where the money for the new programs will come from, at least it’s a step in the right direction. As long as the act is not just symbolic, it could serve as the first stage of recovery from the many long years of conflict.