Mexico state to aid drug-war orphans

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Posted: Mar 01, 2011 3:51 PM
Mexico state to aid drug-war orphans

Mexico's violence-plagued border state of Chihuahua is setting up a fund to help children orphaned by the drug war, aiding the offspring of innocent victims and of slain killers alike.

A recently released study by the College of Chihuahua estimates that drug violence has left 17,000 children orphaned in the state over the last three years.

State child welfare agency president Berta Gomez de Duarte said Monday that 2,500 of those are expected to benefit from the fund.

The state and private groups have provided about 100 million pesos (U.S. $8.3 million) to the effort.

The agency says child victims of the drug war also may receive psychological care and financial support.