I read this article in ALA Direct last week about a librarian in New Mexico who has been scouring local newspapers in an effort to tally drug-related deaths occurring in Juarez, Mexico. The numbers are staggering, fueled by the American demand for drugs, and largely not acknowledged by Americans.
I can’t help but think of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. What are the civilian death tolls there? Who’s compiling that data? What sources can be trusted? Where can those sources be found? Is this the job of librarians?
Here are a few sources to consult: