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Nick Oza wanted to look at another side of Mexico's war on drugs. For the past six months, he has been documenting people struggling to overcome addiction and manage mental illness at a rehabilitation center near the border. By volunteering as caregivers, some of the recovering addicts find a new sense of purpose.
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Photographer David Rochkind moved to Mexico City in 2008 to immerse himself in a long-term project on the consequences of the war on drugs. He found that the severity of the violence was “impossible to ignore” but wanted to look at more than just the body count on the border.
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In 2008, two years after a crackdown on drugs was announced in Mexico, photojournalist Jerome Sessini was drawn to “the wrong side” of the U.S.-Mexico border. His first visit to the country was in 1995, but he says it has become a different place since then. During his first stay in Juarez, 70 people were killed.
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When photographer Shaul Schwarz visited Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2008 to document CNN Hero Maria Ruiz, he found a dangerous world. Blown away by “the craziness of what’s going on down there,” he returned a week later and started an ongoing documentary project.