/ Modified may 14, 2019 11:13 a.m.

On Somber Mother’s Day, Sonorans March For Disappeared Loved Ones

More than 2,000 people are missing in Sonora, according to 2018 data.

Desaparecidos 2 VIEW LARGER Mothers and other family members of missing loved ones march through downtown Hermosillo Friday, Mexico's Mother's Day.

HERMOSILLO — Several dozen women marched through Hermosillo’s streets Friday — Mexico’s Mother’s Day — demanding help to find their tesoros, or treasures. That’s how they refer to their missing sons, husbands and other family members.

“We’re not looking for justice, or going around asking who it was,” said Guillermina Giron Quintana, whose son Jose Cristian went missing last August. “The only thing we want is to get them back, to find them.”

A missing or disappeared loved one fills your life with uncertainty, she said.

“You’re always thinking about where they are, what happened to them” she added.

There are roughly 2,200 missing people in Sonora, according to 2018 federal data. A movement of mothers searching for their family members has sprung up in the state. The citizen group recently discovered several dozen bodies in a mass grave.

Desaparecidos 1 VIEW LARGER Cecilia Delgado's son went missing early last December.
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Desaparecidos 3 VIEW LARGER The march ended in front of Hermosillo's Palacio de Gobierno, where they demanded support for their searches.
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Desaparecidos 4 VIEW LARGER Some family members fought back tears during the march.
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Desaparecidos 5 VIEW LARGER A movement member collects the name of missing people to be included in a special Mother's Day mass.
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This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
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