Los reyes del pueblo que no existe
by Betzabé García
Animals roam around the neighborhood. Precarious roofs and crumbling façades jut out of the water. The omnipresent silence is almost disquieting. Of the more than 300 hundred families once living in San Marcos, only three are left. Since the building of the nearby Picachos dam, the town in Northwest Mexico is flooded for six months of the year. Most of the people have left. Several residents, however, refuse to leave their hometown and, in the truest sense of the phrase, keep their heads above water. Pani and Paula make Tortillas, Miro takes care of his aged parents and Yoya and Jaimito have made the largest vacant house their home. They all remain in defiance of the lacking infrastructure, armed vagrants and, above all, loneliness.