Some pictures, part of the “Fortaleza Mexico” project I have realized on assignment for the AVSI Foundation in Acapulco, have been published on Der Spiegel with an article written by Tim van Olphen.

One of the oldest beach resorts in Mexico, once known as a holiday destination for Hollywood stars and millionaires, Acapulco has recently been ranked as the second most violent city in the world with a rising number of extortions, kidnappings, and murders. This widespread violence has claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2006. Supported by an international project funded by the European Union and implemented by the AVSI Foundation, members of “Familias de Acapulco en busca de sus desaparecidos”, an NGO run by relatives of missing persons, are trying to find their beloved ones and establish a dialogue with institutions to finally have justice.