The Empathy of Latin America

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I can’t say I was surprised by the level of empathy my barber expressed for the victims of the Paris attacks, though I was intrigued by the empathy of a man whose daily life is so intertwined with the drug wars in Mexico, a war that has (by conservative estimates) claimed over 165,000 lives and disappeared over 27,000 people and 88 journalists, most notably Rubén Espinosa and Nadia Vera who were both savagely murdered in the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City earlier this year.

For Ploughshares, Daniel Peña explores the empathy of war-torn nations in Central America.


P.E. Garcia is an Editorial Assistant for The Rumpus and the Dead Letters Editor for the Offing. His writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Prairie Schooner, and more. His chapbook is available from Awst Press. Born and raised in Arkansas, he now lives in Philadelphia where he's a PhD student at Temple University. Find him on Twitter @AvantGarcia. More from this author →