Who is Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers? And is she even real?
Ciudad Juarez is not a very safe place for the women of Mexico. Over the course of the last two decades, hundreds of women have been raped and murdered, and the last place they're seen is often the same -- getting on the bus. Many of these women work late into the night, and their only means of getting home is the bus. Taking the bus has become a serious risk, but it's no more of a gamble than eschewing public transit in favor of walking miles alone in the dark.
We're talking about a violent case of damned if you do and damned if you don't. When people feel like the actual authorities are turning a blind eye to criminal threats, that's where vigilantes are born. And that's where Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers seems to have come in.
On consecutive days, two bus drivers in the last week have been murdered, and, according to witnesses, the person responsible is a blond-haired woman dressed all in black. The crimes were committed at the same time of night and were carried out in the same fashion -- the woman would start to get on the bus, pull a gun, and then shoot the driver twice in the head before escaping into the night.
Adding some credence to these stories is this email that was supposedly sent by the perpetrator themselves.
"You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are,” the message says. “But only to a certain point.... We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage.
And so, I am an instrument who will take vengeance.
The buses drivers are, understandably, afraid, but still have to keep doing what they're doing. Says one driver, "You go around terrified, but you have to work."
As of now, there are plain-clothed police officers on the buses doing their best to help the bus drivers. In addition, a team is trying to lock down the origin of the email. But many of the women of Ciudad Juaraz wonder where their zeal was when countless women were being raped and murdered on these buses.
Coordinator for a network of women’s organizations Imelda Marrufo says, "I have no way of knowing if this is true, but, if it is confirmed, remember, we are talking about a victim, someone who was raped and has probably lived with such a lack of justice that she has no hope that whoever did that to her will ever pay for the crime. Like so many women in Ciudad Juarez."
(via Los Angeles Times)