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Javier Valdez Cárdenas
The Narco Kids

(Los morros del narco)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Divulgation / Narcos & Co.

  • Published: 31/08/2007
  • ISBN: 9786071112736
  • 344 pages

The number of children and young adult who are actively involved in drug trafficking in Mexico is increasing. Kid from 13, 14,15 years old and up to 21 or 23 years of age, act wildly and with fierce courage in uprisings, assassinations, beheadings, drug transport and kidnappings. This book shares real stories of these events.

Javier Valdez Cárdenas offers the portrait of a bloody and uncontainable reality: the voracious narco war in Mexico, seen from the actions and sequels of children and young adult who have integrated themselves into narco by their own will, dazzled by money or dragged into the struggle between assassins and the federal army, narcos against state police, not to mention the clashes between drug traffickers struggling to dominate the drug business.
Countless are the testimonies of reporters and photographers who cover the news of drug trafficking, who warn about the growing participation of adolescents in these tasks of crime and barbarism. The great value of Los morros del narco lies not only in the way in which he goes deep into the heart, the memories and the illusions of these violent human beings, thirsty for wealth and power, but in the way in which he discovers in these assassins and addicts to marijuana or cocaine, in these indomitable and savage narcos, a past where the lack of love and affection, the misery and the hunger have left bullets in their souls that no one will ever be able to get out.

About the author

MEXICO – Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Culiacán, 1967 – 2017). From 1998, he was a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Ríodoce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His reports have been published in ProcesoGatopardo, Emeequis and Horizontal. In October 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded him the International Press Freedom Award in New York for his “brave coverage of drug trafficking and putting names and faces to its victims”. In 2011, with the team at Ríodoce, they received the María Moors Cabot Prize from the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, New York. In 2013, the team also won The PEN Club prize for Editorial Excellence. In 2014, Quién magazine named him as one of the 50 most influential people in Mexico. This was also the year he won the National Prize for Journalism. He was also the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.

He is the author of the books De azoteas y olvidos (Culiacán), Malayerba (Jus Ediciones) & Miss Narco (a finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, Spain), The Narco Kids, Levantones, With a Grenade in Your Mouth, Narcotrafficking’s Orphans and Narcojournalism, all published with Aguilar.