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More than 50,000 people have lost their lives across the country in a nearly-continuous string of shootouts, bombings, and ever-bloodier murders. Just last weekend, 49 decapitated bodies were reportedly discovered on a highway in northern Mexico. The New York Times reports on an increasing numbness and apathy among Mexicans after years of worsening carnage, about which they've been able to do virtually nothing. Gathered here is a collection of photographs from Mexico's drug war and the people so horribly affected by it.
Some photos are VERY disturbing!
Soldiers of the Army, Navy and members of Federal Police patrol the streets of Veracruz after a rising tide of violence plaguing this tourist city.
The body of a man lies behind the steering wheel inside a car in Acapulco.
Morgue workers place a coffin holding an unidentified body into a grave at San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
At least 6,000 rifles and pistols seized from drugs cartels were destroyed by members of the Mexican Army.
Jose Lopez Tapia, 8, rests in hospital after he and his mother were attacked in Ciudad Juarez.
Mexican marines escort Marcos Jesus Hernandez Rodriguez, aka "El Chilango", alleged leader of assassins and member of the Los Zetas drug cartel, in Veracruz state, during his presentation for the press in Mexico City.
A young man lies dead next to a skateboard and a bicycle after unknown gunmen opened fire in the eastern part of Saltillo, Mexico.
Firefighters remove the body of a man hanging from a bridge in Ciudad Juarez. The body was found hanging by its neck on a bridge. The body showed signs of torture and the head was covered with duct tape.
Mexican soldiers burn marijuana plants in a field, in Los Algodones community, Culiacan, Sinaloa State.
Pictures of victims of violence are hung on the facades and walls of houses in the neighborhood of Cerro Gordo in Ecatepec, outside Mexico City.
The body of a dead man, a rifle next to him, lies in a field after a shootout with police on the outskirts of Monterrey.
A soldier stands guard inside a chemical drug processing laboratory discovered in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara.
Violence in Ciudad Juarez has changed the lives of its residents, where many have fled. Among those who remain, anxious mothers look for missing daughters and family members.
Blood flows near the arm of a killed boy, on the pavement in Acapulco.
An unidentified woman weeps for her relatives at the scene where gunmen attacked a tow truck business in the resort city of Acapulco.
Two men with their hands tied behind their back and with their faces covered with duct tape lie by the side of the road in the city of Veracruz.
Police stand next to the body of a dead colleague in Ixtapaluca, on the outskirts of Mexico City.
A forensic technician holds the head of a woman at a crime scene in San Pedro on the outskirts of Monterrey.
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Regina Martinez, a journalist and correspondent for the Mexican magazine Proceso, as friends and family members attend her funeral in Xalapa.
The body of a man, covered by a cloth in a restaurant after he was shot by unknown assailants in Acapulco.
Fliers for missing people hang on the door of the city morgue in Acapulco.
The body of a young man who was shot several times, reflected in a mirror next to an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe inside a bus in Acapulco.
Demonstrators march to protest against violence in Mexico City.
Medical workers stand next to the bodies of 10 men and one woman, discovered in a pile near a well in Valle de Chalco, Mexico.
A woman covers her daughter with a towel as they walk past a crime scene in the municipality of San Nicolas de los Garza, neighboring Monterrey.
A forensic technician sweeps blood off a street at a crime scene in Monterrey.