MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of mothers of disappeared Mexicans marched in cities across the country to mark Mexico’s Mother’s Day and demand authorities find their children — or at least their bodies.

Some 40,000 people have gone missing since the start of the country’s drug war in 2006. Very few have ever been found, though clandestine mass graves dot the countryside. Often, human remains are not identified, leaving some families with no word of their loved ones for more than a decade.

That is the case for Rocío Morales, whose son was kidnapped almost 11 years ago.

She wept quietly, but desperately at the Mexico City march as she held up a banner with a photo of Pedro Morales González.

Hundreds of other mothers marched in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and the northern cities of Monterrey and Ciudad Victoria, chanting: “They took them alive, we want them back alive!” and “Why do we search for them? Because we love them!”

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