Mexico: Six months on and still no justice


Today marks six months since 43 Mexican students were kidnapped in Iguala, Guerrero. The search for the missing teacher trainees – all students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa – has led to the discovery of mass graves and in December the first of the students,19-year-old Alexander Mora Venancio, was confirmed dead by forensic specialists. However, the whereabouts of the 42 other students remains unknown.

Today we remember the 43 and continue to call for justice. Please join us

** Visit our dedicated Tumblr, or search #StudentPENforAyotzinapa on Twitter for more details. **


Photo action

Take part in this photo action, organised by yosoy132londres – email your photos to and share them on social media with the following hashtags 

‪#‎MXUK2015‬ ‪#‎WritersWithAyotzinapa‬

Send a message of support

If you would like to send a message of support to the families of the 43, please send it to and we will pass it on.

Read more

  • Read Elena Poniatowska’s tribute to the missing students on Words Without Borders – translated by Juana Adcock.
  • Read Juan Villoro’s PEN Atlas dispatch ‘I can read: Life and death in Guerrero’ – translated by Sophie Hughes. (24 November 2014)
  • Read Amanda Hopkinson’s PEN Atlas dispatch ‘They were taken alive, alive we want them returned’ (19 January 2015)

Elena Poniatowka, Juan Villoro and Amanda Hopkinson are among the writers who will be appearing at the English PEN Literary Salon at the London Book Fair in April 2015 as part of our ongoing Mexico focus.

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