MEXICO CITY, Mexico — In a country where some 110,000 people are reported missing and presumed dead, finding them is just a few clicks away.
That’s the hope behind Angelus 2.0, a computer program developed by the Mexican government in an effort that began four years ago.
Many relatives of missing people have had to search for traces or remains of their loved ones themselves, and Angelus conducted the search from an office in southern Mexico City. The software is capable of processing thousands of documents and databases and finds connections and patterns that the human eye cannot.
“We are providing evidence of the whereabouts of tens of thousands of missing people,” said historian Javier Yankelevich, 34.
“That’s the type of response that’s needed,” said Yankelevich, who leads a team that has been working with the Angelus program for about three years, within the country’s National Search Council with academics from the National Council for Science and Technology (Consett).
Angelus is currently focused on examining the facts about people who were forcibly disappeared between 1964 and 1985. Authorities and groups associated with Mexico’s then-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (known in Spanish as the PRI) used systematic violence to suppress and persecute what they considered “sabotage” or rebels.
The software collects information — where the missing person was last seen, whether someone who survived government custody shared a cell with someone with the same name, etc. — and builds links and provides clues about the person’s whereabouts.
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