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The Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez have become notorious the world over as hotbeds of violence. Drug cartel battles and official corruption result in more murders annually in Chihuahua than in wartorn Afghanistan. Thanks to a culture of impunity, 97 percent of the killings in Juárez go unsolved. Despite a climate of fear, a small group of human rights activists, exemplified by the Chihuahua lawyer and organizer Lucha Castro, works to identify the killers and their official enablers.
This is the story of La Lucha, illustrated in beautiful and chilling comic book art, rendering in rich detail the stories of families ripped apart by disappearances and murders—especially gender-based violence—and the remarkably brave advocacy, protests, and investigations of ordinary citizens who turned their grief into resistance.
“This book provides unique, first-person insight into the struggle for justice in what remains one of the world’s most dangerous places for human rights defenders.”
“No matter what you’re accomplishing in your life, you’ll realize it’s not enough when you read La Lucha … Sack’s documentary-style drawings capture vistas of villages emptied of fearful residents and details of grief and determination on the faces of activists.”
“La Lucha provides vital information, and confirms Robert F. Kennedy’s inspiring words: ‘One heart with courage is a majority.’”
“A picture of violence that’s become commonplace—and everyday bravery in the face of violence.”