The Mexican government Monday reported that 50% of citizens classified as missing – more than 61,000 people – are victims of the country's grinding war with powerful drug gangs that have grown more violent.
The new figure from the one-year-old administration of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador dramatically differs from the previous report of 40,000 missing citizens cited by the government in June 2019.
"The official data of missing persons is 61,637," Karla Quintana, head of the National Registry of Missing or Missing Persons (RNPED), told a news conference. She added that 25.7% of them were women.
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