Society for Economic Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
Diana Luque (CIAD-Hermosillo)
Eric Jones (UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health)
Two disasters bookended the administration of the first ever Partido Accíon Nacional (PAN) governor of the state of Sonora, Mexico, many attribute this election to the reaction of the citizens of Hermosillo and Sonora to the fire on June 9, 2009 in the ABC day care center that killed 49 infants and toddlers. The fire directly impacted some 200 families whose children were enrolled in enrolled in the day care center. Five years later, in August of 2014, a major breach in one of the dams holding back the waste water residue from Mexico’s largest copper mine, Buena Vistade Cobre, some 25 miles from the United States-Mexico border at Nogales, Arizona. The spill directly impacted water access for over 24,000 individuals along 250km of the Rio Sonora. Using data from interviews with victims and their families over a four year post-disaster period, in this paper we explore the search for information and justice by both groups of victims. Each faced bureaucratic obstacles and legal challenges in their efforts to discover the cause of the event and establishing responsibility. Overall, there was a general
distrust of official sources but people may tend to trust more the information they receive from close relationships.