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The Mormons standing up to Mexico’s drug cartels: 'We have to overcome our fears’

Cousins who lost nine close relatives in November ambush launch quixotic campaign for justice: ‘Who else is going to say something?’
Adrian LeBarón, center, Julián LeBarón, left, and Bryan LeBarón, right, respectively father and cousins of Rhonita Miller – one of the nine Mormon killed in an ambush past November – at the site of the attack in Galeana, Chihuahua state, on 12 January. Photograph: Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images

After nine women and children were shot dead by cartel gunmen in the barren hills of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, 100 members of their fundamentalist Mormon community fled the country for the United States.

Cousins Julián and Adrian LeBarón lost nine close relatives in the ambush, but they never considered leaving the country of their birth. Instead, they have launched a quixotic campaign for justice – not just for their slain kin, but for the many thousands of people murdered or vanished amid Mexico’s cartel violence.

“We have to overcome our fears and do whatever we can to put a stop to this shit,”

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