Victor Ramirez wasn’t surprised I didn’t know what the Mexican Revolution was.
That’s the point of the photo gallery he and his partner Ingo brought to the Exchange Community Church for Culture Days last weekend — enlighten folks about a rebellion that is said to have killed at least one million people.
Make it “real” for people, said Ramirez, a culture liaison for the Mex y Can Association of Manitoba.
“Most of these part of history people don’t know.”
But still, I can’t help wonder why I didn’t hear about the revolution until last Friday.
A couple dozen photos dug up out of Mexican and university archives over the last two years help paint a disturbing picture of the brutal five-year fight for independence Mexican citizens started in 1910.
“It was a movement from the people,” Ramirez said.
“We are proud of what we accomplished through all those changes.”
But the change came at a cost.
A cost to children who were forced to go to war with hefty belts of ammunition barrelling down on their fragile bodies.
And a cost to women who did the same.
It doesn’t get much realer than that.
Note: Due to copyright restrictions imposed on Ramirez, I have agreed not to post any close-ups showing photos in the gallery, but if you’re interested there’s Google!