Women carry rifles during a Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF) police force gun training demonstration, a year after members of the Los Ardillos drug cartel launched an unsuccessfully attack on their town, Rincon de Chautla. Murders in Mexico rose to a new record in 2019, the first full year of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's presidency, posing a challenge to the popular leader to make good on a campaign promise of reducing violence.
CRAC-PF was formed as a response by a cluster of remote farming villages, largely inhabited by indigeneous Nahuas indians, to the violent Los Adillos drug cartel who want to force the farmers to grow opium poppies. While elders admit that the training and arming of their children is really a ploy to get the attention of the central government who they say have failed to respond to their plight. Nonetheless, children cannot leave the villages defended by the CRAC-PF in order to attend secondary school and anyone caught by the brutal cartels is at risk of losing their life.