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Violent images from a nearby war

by Bryan Terry and Sarah Phipps and Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 11:58 am •  Published: September 14, 2011
A soldier guards next to packages of marijuana that are being incinerated in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. On a conjoined operation with the army, local and state police seized 134 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana Monday, by far the biggest drug bust in the country in recent years. Eleven suspects were detained.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) ORG XMIT: MXGA111
A soldier guards next to packages of marijuana that are being incinerated in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. On a conjoined operation with the army, local and state police seized 134 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana Monday, by far the biggest drug bust in the country in recent years. Eleven suspects were detained.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) ORG XMIT: MXGA111

Photographers like Guillermo Arias and Bernandino Hernandez are getting violent, disturbing images that will rarely be used in American newspapers. They are covering the Mexico Drug War. Looking at pictures from war isn’t easy, nor should it be. Arias and Hernandez are putting us just a few feet from people who have been killed for territory, drugs or maybe for no reason at all, in our neighboring country.

These pictures are important and more people should see them. Photographs transcend language and borders. Pictures like these convey desperation, merciless violence and sorrow. Photographs can show the best in people, but they can also show us, and future generations, the atrocities that we’re capable of.

There are more graphic images from the Mexico Drug War that you can see by clicking here.

Tijuana's Mayor Jorge Ramos comforts Celia Urdelia Medina wife of slain assistant municipal police chief Abel Salazar during his funeral in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, May 18, 2009. Salazar was fatally shot Saturday when he was driving to his job at a police substation in Tijuana.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
Tijuana's Mayor Jorge Ramos comforts Celia Urdelia Medina wife of slain assistant municipal police chief Abel Salazar during his funeral in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, May 18, 2009. Salazar was fatally shot Saturday when he was driving to his job at a police substation in Tijuana.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
The body of a young man who was shot to death lies on the ground at the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011. The city of Acapulco has been hit by violence as drug gangs continue to battle for control of the region. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
The body of a young man who was shot to death lies on the ground at the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011. The city of Acapulco has been hit by violence as drug gangs continue to battle for control of the region. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A gold plated pistol and jewelry, allegedly seized from Manuel Alquisires Garcia, alias "El Meme," sit on display during his presentation to the press of in Mexico City, Monday Sept. 12, 2011. According to the Navy, Alquisires Garcia escaped from prison in 2002, was detained in possession of several weapons on Sept. 10 and is a accused of belonging to the Gulf drug cartel. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) ORG XMIT: MXMU104
A gold plated pistol and jewelry, allegedly seized from Manuel Alquisires Garcia, alias "El Meme," sit on display during his presentation to the press of in Mexico City, Monday Sept. 12, 2011. According to the Navy, Alquisires Garcia escaped from prison in 2002, was detained in possession of several weapons on Sept. 10 and is a accused of belonging to the Gulf drug cartel. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) ORG XMIT: MXMU104
EDITORS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - The bodies of two men shot dead next to the Caleta beach,  background,  lie, one of them covered,  in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday Aug. 16, 2011. The city of Acapulco has been hit by violence as drug gangs continue to battle for control of the region. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
EDITORS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - The bodies of two men shot dead next to the Caleta beach, background, lie, one of them covered, in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday Aug. 16, 2011. The city of Acapulco has been hit by violence as drug gangs continue to battle for control of the region. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - The body of a young man who was shot to death is covered by a forensic officer at the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011. The city of Acapulco has been hit by violence as drug gangs continue to battle for control of the region. In background, an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez) ORG XMIT: MXEV101
EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - The body of a young man who was shot to death is covered by a forensic officer at the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011. The city of Acapulco has been hit by violence as drug gangs continue to battle for control of the region. In background, an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez) ORG XMIT: MXEV101

-John Clanton


by Bryan Terry
Photographer
Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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by Sarah Phipps
Photographer
Born in Missouri, Sarah Phipps graduated of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Mass Communication and French in 1999. After an internship with the St. Joe News-press, Sarah moved to Oklahoma for a full-time job at the...
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by Chris Landsberger
Assistant Photography Editor
Chris Landsberger is a native of Oklahoma and, as a photographer, has been able to travel coast to coast and everywhere in between to cover news for the last 13 years. He has been a part history that included coverage of Oklahoma City bomber...
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