Students avoid town’s cartel war by attending class over WhatsApp

In rural Mexico, organised crime can overwhelm police forces, as rival gangs compete for territory. The violence often threatens ordinary people who get in the way. But as Alasdair Baverstock reports, some students and teachers have found the answer. All you need is an app.

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Alasdair Baverstock MA is an award-winning multimedia foreign correspondent based in Mexico City, with more than five years of experience covering Latin America. Originally from London, and with full NCTJ certification, he specialises in news and feature journalism for print, radio and television. His work has previously been used as set-texts in British A-Level examinations. He currently works as CGTN America's Mexico correspondent, and has formerly published work in TIME Magazine, Daily Mail, The Atlantic, Penthouse, Fox News, BBC, Daily Telegraph, TRT World, and others.

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