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The Tarahumara call themselves rarámuri, which means runners on foot; it comes from the roots: rara (foot) and muri (to run). They are located in the north of Mexico, in the Sierra Madre Occidental that crosses the territory of the state of Chihuahua.
The Tarahumara call themselves rarámuri, which means 'runners on foot.' It comes from the roots: rara (foot) and muri (to run). They are located in the north of Mexico, in the Sierra Madre Occidental that crosses the territory of the state of Chihuahua.

Mexican Indigenous woman makes history in Chihuahua Police Department

21-year-old Liliana Moreno Holguín belongs to the Rarámuri people, in the Tarahumara community in the municipality of Bocoyna.

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Liliana Moreno Holguín grew up amid violence, discrimination and in an environment of addictions, which motivated her decision to become a police officer.

"I had had discrimination in other jobs, I lost many opportunities because I didn't say anything, and the time came when I no longer wanted to leave," she told EFE.

In March 2021, she joined the ranks of the State Public Security Secretariat (SSPE), and was selected to join the Proximity Police group, where she currently works.

To reach her goal, she had to train for a period of six months, and interned at the State Security Complex in the city of Chihuahua, where she was given physical training and tactical knowledge.

With the appointment, Moreno Holguín makes history as an Indigenous woman on the force in her country. Chihuahua, the state she serves in, often grabs international attention for violent events in Ciudad Juarez. Last week, a criminal group provoked a prison riot that left two inmates dead and later killed nine other people in attacks that occurred in broad daylight.

Chihuahua is also the state with the sixth highest number of homicides in Mexico, with 929 in the first half of the year.

However, the atmosphere of violence did not stop her.

"For self-improvement, it is one of the jobs for the brave, and since I want to be brave, I decided to enter," she said.

For this reason, her story is "an example" and a sign that dreams can be achieved, Simeón Esparza, undersecretary of police deployment for the Chihuahua State Police, told EFE.

Moreno Holguín's presence has contributed to improving security for the Indigenous population of Chihuahua, which has more than 100,000 inhabitants across four towns.

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