Members of a Catholic youth group were shot at and robbed as they transported earthquake relief to southern Mexico, leaving two volunteers hospitalised. Another volunteer was sexually assaulted.
The youths belonged to the Catholic foundation Papa Francisco Pro Felicitas A.C.
The attack occurred on 26th September, said a statement from the Archdiocese of Mexico City. Assailants took supplies, the youths’ cellphones and approximately £1,713 collected to purchase items to donate in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region.
‘We are very sad. We have cried at the impotence of the situation, as much for the young people as the girl who was raped,’ said the statement. ‘We hope that both (of the injured) survive. We are still awaiting a medical report on these brave young people.’
The foundation director, Carlos Arvizu, told the archdiocesan publication Desde la Fe one volunteer was shot in the neck, while the other was badly beaten.
“Neither the federal government nor the locals helped with emergency duties and didn’t provide security,” Arvizu said. “This is showing that after the earthquake…it’s total anarchy.”
Picture: People camp on a street in Mexico City on 27th September after their homes were damaged by the 19th September earthquake. Members of a Catholic youth group were shot at and robbed on 26th September as they transported earthquake relief to southern Mexico. (CNS photo/Daniel Becerril, Reuters).