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Anyone's Child Mexico

Watch Anyone’s Child Mexico – the interactive documentary

Nowhere is the human tragedy of prohibition more evident than in Mexico, the front-line of the global drug war. Officially, over 150,000 people have been murdered and thousands more have disappeared since the Mexican state intensified its drug war in 2006. Everyone of these casualties was someone’s child, sister, brother or friend. 

Through a phone line in Mexico connected to the interactive documentary, families whose lives have been wrecked by the drug war are able to have their stories heard across the world. Please watch our interactive documentary and discover why these families have joined our campaign for legal regulation.

You can explore the real-life stories of Mexican families by scrolling through a selection of curated chapters which allow for more detailed understanding of the situation in Mexico. Or, you can listen to the growing collection of unedited material in the phone line archive and hear their stories directly.

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Over 150,000 people have been murdered

Since the Mexican state

intensified it's drug war in 2006

Maricela’s family has been torn apart by the drug cartels empowered by prohibition.
Having lost four sons to the drug war, I can safely say that the current war is not a war against drugs trafficking, nor against drugs themselves. It is a war against families.
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Educational resources

Are you teaching about the global drug war?

These first hand testimonies are a valuable primary resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about the human cost of the drug war in Mexico. Please download and use our educational pack featuring exercises,  further reading and discussion questions.


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More than 310,000 people

have become victims of forced displacement

in Mexico's drug war

Further reading

Anyone’s Child Mexico the interactive documentary would not have been possible without the continued collaboration and assistance from:

Transform Drug Policy Foundation – a charitable think-tank dedicated to ending the drug war and establishing a global system of drug regulation and control that protects people, and promotes peace and security, sustainable development, health and human rights.

México Unido Contra la Delincuencia (MUCD) – a Mexican NGO that has spent 15 years working for the construction of an effective citizenship in favour of safety, rule of law and justice. MUCD has become one of the leading organisations dedicated to drug policy reform at the national, regional and international levels.

The Comision Mexicana de Defensa y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) has 20 years of experience in promoting and advancing human rights through education, research, analysis, promotion and dissemination in the field of human rights. The CMDPDH also seeks to advance human rights in providing legislative proposals and advice to both national and international organizations and institutions.

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Let those in power know you want to see a change in our approach to drugs – a change that will help keep families and communities safe.

Don’t let another young person become a casualty of our failed drug laws. It’s time for change | @anyoneschild

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President-elect of México


"Drugs are illegal
– therefore, there's a fight.
I hope drugs become legalised in Mexico.
If drugs were legal,
there would be nothing to fight about."

Gael Garcia Bernal