Cartel violence leaves a trail of ghost towns in Mexico

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Official statistics show that about 8 million Mexicans have had to abandon their homes as a result of the violence that has been afflicting the country for the last 15 years.

The state of Michoacan has been one of the worst-hit regions recently, as rival criminal gangs fight for territory and influence.

Trapped in the middle of that fight is a civilian population, more and more of whom are having to flee.

Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports from the Mexican state of Michoacan.

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