Shining a light on the Mexican Revolution

Victor Ramirez

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.

Ingo Lamerz explains the story behind a photo to a visitor at a photo gallery on the Mexican Revolution displayed at Exchange Community Church for Culture Days on Sept. 25.

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!


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