Shoe exhibition at Amnesty International’s Shoreditch HQ highlights Mexico’s ‘disappeared’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 17 March 2017

The engraved shoes which will be on display at Amnesty International HQ

The engraved shoes which will be on display at Amnesty International HQ


Forty pairs of shoes worn by family members while searching for their “disappeared” loved ones in Mexico will go on display at Amnesty International’s Shoreditch HQ next week.

The engraved shoes which will be on display at Amnesty International HQThe engraved shoes which will be on display at Amnesty International HQ

The exhibition tells the stories of some of the 28,000 Mexicans who have gone missing since 2006.

Poignant messages have been carved into the soles by Mexican artist Alfredo López Casanova.

Tilly Lavenas from Amnesty said: “The number of people disappeared in Mexico is shocking – one would be too many but there are now tens of thousands of people whose whereabouts are unknown. That means tens of thousands of families racked with worry and grieving for their missing loved ones.”

In 2015 the Mexican government told the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances that only six convictions had been achieved in cases of enforced disappearances.

The exhibition runs until the end of the month.


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