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They traveled to Rome to call for their kidnaped brother's release

2016-01-31

On January 5th, 2012, 19-year-old David Ramirez and his friend Miguel Rivera began a road trip inside the Mexican state Guerrero. They were planning to celebrate Miguel's 20th birthday.

But they never returned. It appears they were kidnapped by a paramilitary group while on the road. Now, four years later, David's family has traveled to Rome with a purpose in mind. They weren't able to meet the Pope, but they still wanted to raise awareness about what happened beyond Mexico.

DEBORAH RAMIREZ
Sister of David Ramirez
"We are not going to stop until we have David and Miguel. Because there are thousands of victims like them in Mexico and the Mexican government hasn't done anything. We have asked for help from the Marines, Army, and Federal Police. We want them to carry out an operation. We've said they must do it.”

Thanks to cell phone geolocation technology, they know that David and Miguel were taken between Guerrero and Michoacán. But they're upset with the authorities' lack of action.

The ordeal was made worse when they paid a ransom and the kidnappers still failed to release them.

DEBORAH RAMIREZ
Sister of David Ramirez
"From the start, the kidnappers communicated with us and asked for money. We paid them and they never returned the victims. From there, an investigation was done. They found where the kidnappers, their families, and their friends are. And so we've been struggling to get them to carry out an operation. They already have the exact location of the kidnappers, but they haven't wanted to carry out an operation. This has been the case for four years.”

The campaign to free them includes television appearances, a Facebook page with more than 10,000 Likes, and a YouTube video. They also have a message for the Pope, who plans to visit Mexico in February.

DEBORAH RAMIREZ
Sister of David Ramirez
"Do not come just to visit, but instead to see the problems that are there. Find the problems that happen day after day and see cases like David's and Miguel's, because they are not unique. I was already went to all the foundations in Mexico and they showed me thousands of similar cases. And that's what's happening.”

More than 100,000 kidnappings took place in the country in 2012, the year David and Miguel disappeared. In fact, Mexico suffers from more kidnappings than any other country in the world.


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