Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Travel Warnings to Juarez....Really?

I got amused yesterday. We were waiting on information on the car being repaired and a news show was on the TV in the waiting room. It seems that they are issuing travel warnings to Mexico. There were three places and one was Juarez. The other two were near Juarez. Really? Does anyone really travel to Juarez? I can see if it were a warning against Cancun or Cozumel but Juarez? Really?

Juarez is so violent that it is the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones. It is three times more than the most murderous city in the United States. There's an average of 7 murders per day. Think about it, that's (tries to do math) like 84 per week. Imagine you're in your own city. Isn't it big news when there is a murder? Just one. Now imagine 84 a week and around 210 per month.

Now I know it's a major border area, right by El Paso, Texas but if you live in El Paso do you really want to head on down to Juarez? If I know about how violent this city is and I live in Florida, don't you think the people of El Paso know even more?

I suppose if you lived near it'd be some kind of great adventure to even step foot in Juarez and live to tell about it but isn't a warning kind of, pardon the pun, overkill?

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