miércoles, 19 de mayo de 2010

"Cops and narcos" playground games for Mexico kids

Children gather near a crime scene in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 1, 2010. Foto: Reuters/Alejandro Bringas

(Reuters) - Children as young as 8 in poor Mexican border cities yearn to grow up to be drug lords and hitmen as the adrenalin and wealth linked to the trafficking world seeps deep into their lives.

Parents in the violent cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana on the U.S. border say primary school kids are captivated by the drug gangs they see on the street and TV news brandishing guns, driving flashy black SUVs and outsmarting soldiers.

Rather than playing cops and robbers and admiring firemen or train drivers, children are inventing kidnapping games and forming playground gangs named after brutal drug cartels as they idolize the power of kingpins whose turf wars have killed some 23,000 people since late 2006.

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