Battle Lines: The Valley of the Shadow

December 19, 2012

By Dzana Tsomondo

© David Rochkind

A girl walks by a caravan of police vehicles during a security sweep in Nogales, Sonora. It's common for police forces on the border to sweep through communities, looking for criminals and searching for anyone they deem suspicious. To see more images, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

Every war operates under its own immutable logic and yet, in the end, every war is the same. No matter what sets the grisly machinery in motion, the obscene becomes mundane, each depredation fueling the next. So it is that a relatively modest “police action” in one of Mexico’s 32 states has become a gyre of unspeakable violence and cyclical...

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