What Happened To Mexico's Missing 43 Students?


On September 26, 2014, students from a teacher training school in rural southern Mexico commandeered some buses. Their ultimate destination was Mexico City for a demonstration. But those buses never arrived. And 43 of the students went missing along the way and were presumed killed in and around the town of Iguala. Although their remains have never been found, their deaths were variously blamed on corrupt local political and police officials, as well as higher-ups in the Mexican military and the government and, of course, the drug gangs. The aftermath sent Mexico into a political crisis amid shifting explanations and inconclusive investigations. Now Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez has published an exhaustive look into the events of that night. Her book is called A Massacre In Mexico: The True Story Behind The Missing 43 Students. She told us the official version of the events was a fabrication.

Anabel Hernández is one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies, including ReformaMilenioEl Universal and its investigative supplement, La Revista, where the work on the alleged collusion of government officials and drug lords won her the Golden Pen of Freedom award, presented by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Listen to the entire interview with Anabel Hernandez on NPR's Weekend Edition.