In Mexico, Scenes From Life in a Drug War

Incidences of drug-related violence in Mexico and on the border continue to make news. We tend to hear about the crimes that touch American lives — like the reported killing of a man riding a Jet Ski on the Rio Grande. What we don’t hear as much about is how drugs and violence shape the everyday lives of Mexicans. So here are dispatches from four writers on how drug trafficking has changed their parts of the country. They were translated by Kristina Cordero from the Spanish.

1.- Ground Zero in Sinaloa.
In the state where Mexico’s drug trade started, narcotics have seeped into the social D.N.A.

2.- Monterrey's Habit.
In Mexico, we have a drug problem — but it’s not the one you think.

3.- The walls of Puebla.
The drug lords like this city for the same reason I do: it’s safe.

4.- Tijuana reclaimed.
Drug-related violence has driven away the tourists, but now locals are reclaiming their city.

Pedro Ángel Palou, a novelist; Federico Campbell, the author of the short story collection Tijuana: Stories on the Border; Élmer Mendoza, a novelist and Ricardo Elizondo Elizondo, a novleist and historian.