Of the more than 28-thousand people who have died in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexico’s drug cartels in 2006 12-hundred were minors.
This is according to non-governmental organizations from northern Mexico during a press conference in the Mexican capital of Mexico City on Tuesday.
The EFE news agency reported that Ciudad Juarez, which is considered the nation's murder capital has seen 1-hundred-38 minors killed in drug-related violence since late 2006.
The groups called on the Mexican government to craft a new security strategy based on respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Meanwhile, federal officials in the country contend that 90 percent of the dead in the drug war are gunmen, 5 percent are police officers and security officials, and less than 5 percent are civilians.