Volunteers attacked delivering quake aid in Mexico

A mother holds her son’s hand at the Magdalena de las Salinas trauma hospital in Mexico City. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)
A mother holds her son’s hand at the Magdalena de las Salinas trauma hospital in Mexico City. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

Mexico City - Mexico's Roman Catholic Archdiocese says young people delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in the southern state of Oaxaca have been attacked and robbed.

The archdiocese's information service says unidentified gunmen waylaid a pickup truck driven by the group on Tuesday. Carlos Arvizu, administrator of the Papa Francisco Pro Felicitas foundation, said on Wednesday that one person was shot, another was beaten and a woman was raped.

A photograph shows a pickup with numerous bullet impacts. The attackers stole the group's cellphones and about $2 000. 

Oaxaca was rocked by a magnitude 8.1 quake on September 7 and a 6.1 temblor on September 23.

Since the first earthquake, youths delivering aid from churches have been a common sight in Juchitan and other hard-hit communities.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
As a child or as an adult, have you ever been a victim of bullying?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, at school
55% - 2942 votes
Yes, at work
17% - 906 votes
No, I've never experienced this
27% - 1455 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.30
(+0.1)
GBP/ZAR
19.94
(+0.2)
EUR/ZAR
17.21
(+0.5)
AUD/ZAR
11.05
(+0.1)
JPY/ZAR
0.13
(+0.6)
Gold
1,779.13
(+0.4)
Silver
25.86
(+0.1)
Platinum
1,190.50
(-1.6)
Brent Crude
67.05
(+0.4)
Palladium
2,765.08
(-1.8)
All Share
66,836
(-1.9)
Top 40
61,117
(-1.9)
Financial 15
12,162
(-2.1)
Industrial 25
86,452
(-2.1)
Resource 10
68,586
(-1.7)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo