By Denisse J. Gonzalez
Illustration by Jessica Leon
The stigma surrounding Mexico’s war on drugs has left much unclear, in particular, the impact on social life. The entire republic of Mexico is not a war zone. From the bottom tip of Quintana Roo to the U.S.-Mexico border, territorial disputes between drug cartels, the military, state and federal police are concentrated into specific regions of the nation, that serve as the best transit points for exportation. But quotidian activities resume. Schools are in session, workers embrace their two-hour siesta, and movie theaters around the country are screening “The Avengers.” Nonetheless, the dissent and despair of cartel violence is clear.