A mass exhumation began on Monday in Torreón, Coahuila, where at least 250 bodies of people presumed missing are to be raised from 161 common graves. Once the work has been completed, specialists will attempt to identify the bodies. The Regional Center for Human Identification (CRIH) will work with the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala for 33 days at Torreón Cemetery No. 1. The first mass exhumation at the site was in March, when 148 bodies were raised over 17 days at Cemetery No. 2. CRIH head Yezka Garza Ramírez said she was motivated to serve the victims. “Our obligation is to guarantee the right to be searched for to the highest level, and to return the bodies home with dignity,” she said. Ramírez added that specialists are working alongside international organizations and the families of the disappeared. DNA samples will be collected from the bodies and compared to the CRIH gene database. The post mortem analysis of the 148 bodies raised in the March exhumation has been completed, and bone samples will now be analyzed to form genetic profiles. Those will be entered into the gene database to search for a match. The formation of genetic profiles from bone analysis is expected to take three to four months. Sources: El Universal (sp), La Vanguardia (sp) Premium content: this page is available only to subscribers. Click here to sign in or obtain access. A subpar security strategy, poor quality investigations and impunity hurt Mexico’s efforts to reduce disappearances, a UN committee president said. One of the more poignant stories of the crisis of missing people is in the teams of searching mothers hoping to find their lost children. The Committee on Enforced Disappearances will assess the country’s capacity to respond to the missing persons crisis. Authorities in Coahuila have exhumed more than 700 bodies from mass graves since last year, in an effort to identify victims. A national employers’ federation wants to see minimum wage raised to 172 pesos in 2022, up from 142 pesos. After a slump, President López Obrador’s approval rating is almost back to its 2-19 level, according to a new poll. AMLO’s sons’ cacao business appears to have ties to Húgo Chávez, a childhood friend and architect of the Sembrando Vida government program. After a land dispute, residents destroyed a piece of recently paved road to a rival community in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca. A hot-air balloon crash landed near the Teotihuacán archeological ruins in México state on Monday, injuring nine people. Three Mexican carriers were rated as among the worst international airlines operating in the United States in a travel website analysis. A new film explores the slippery truth of the day the Mexican revolutionary attacked an American border town after an arms deal gone wrong. To test recipes for his new cookbook on Parisian cuisine, food writer James Oseland put his trust in two home cooks in greater Mexico City. Nata, or clotted cream, is a decadent treat that can cooked into gorditas, eaten with pasta or soup, or simply spread on a piece of bread. This hiking trail gives almost anyone access to gorgeous waterfalls and views hidden in Jaguar Canyon, just 22 kilometers from Guadalajara. Although this ancient city has structures still to be excavated, what can be seen here provides stunning examples of Río Bec architecture. COVID-19’s effects on sales and a lack of younger weavers learning the craft mean an uncertain future for this Mixteca weaving tradition. In the spirit of the recent holiday, Sarah DeVries compiles a list of all the things she’s grateful for in her adopted country. The president claims that corruption has been banished but there has not been a single criminal conviction. The third wave of COVID is subsiding in Mexico, bringing with it a chance to cautiously relax. THE STORY: A year after new labeling took effect, junk food sales appear unaffected Receive Mexico news by email. Sign up for The Whole Enchilada, our free daily digest of the latest Mexico news.