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Concerns Spread Over Juarez Murders

A pink blouse, a frilly yellow child’s frock and other pastel-colored clothing dangle from the ceiling. Beneath the dresses, shoes lie haphazardly among dead flower petals. In artist Adrian Arias’ homage to the women of Juarez, Mexico, the hanging clothes are a reminder of hundreds of missing or murdered girls. The scattered shoes recall those found in the desert where their raped, mutilated and beaten bodies were often abandoned. The slayings of more than 250 women in the city just across the border from El Paso, Texas, began a decade ago. But recently, growing outrage over the killings has spread to places far from Juarez, including the San Francisco cultural center where Arias’ haunting tableau is on display through Wednesday. “There’s a lot of silence around this problem,” said Arias, a 42-year-old videographer, artist and poet. Full Story

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