Oaxaca mural

Oaxaca mural

Friday, May 10, 2019

For the Mothers

Today is Mothers' Day in Mexico (here it is always celebrated on May 10th), so I thought that it would be appropriate to visit the Monument to Mother.  The monument is located along Insurgentes Avenue not far from the Paseo de la Reforma.  The plaza in front was recently renovated and a parking lot built beneath it.

The monument was built between 1944 and 1949 in art deco style.  The central statue is of a mother and child.  They both look quite stern and formidable!

Until doing a bit of research on the monument later, I did not know the statue collapsed in the 2017 earthquake.  Using the original pieces it was reconstructed and re-inaugurated last November.

Now the story takes a very sad turn.  I noticed that the plaques on the base of the monument were covered with very professionally printed posters.

The posters read...

"Daughter, son, where are you?
We want to embrace you"

"To the mothers who search for 
their disappeared"

Pasted to the planters, and hanging from ropes across the plaza, are the photos of missing people.

Obviously earlier in the morning there had been a protest march here.  In cities across the nation mothers have marched today demanding that authorities find their missing sons and daughters, or at least find their bodies.  Since the beginning of the "Drug War" in 2006, around 40,000 people have disappeared.


  1. Very sad. I cannot even begin to imagine the anguish of those parents and families to have lost a love one and have no idea how or where..........

    1. I can't help but think of the "bad old days" of Argentina when the mothers would march with photos of their missing children on the Plaza de Mayo.