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State of Tamaulipas within Mexico (Credit: TUBS via Wikimedia Commons)

As the bloody drug war engulfed this hardscrabble border city in 2010, unclaimed dead were buried in a mass grave at the edge of town, week after week, month after month.

In the first project of its kind in Tamaulipas, archaeologists and forensic anthropologists are now exhuming the remains of an estimated 350 people buried there in an effort to identify them and bring closure to some families.

In a state dotted with mass graves and the highest number of disappearances in Mexico — officially 5,989, though many say the actual number is far higher — the project has rekindled hope and stirred traumatic memories.

“My daughter probably isn’t here,” said Graciela Pérez Rodriguez whose 13-year-old daughter, brother and three nephews disappeared in a distant corner of Tamaulipas in 2012. “What’s important is that the exhumations continue.”

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