Watering the dead

In Mexico, Dr Alejandro Hernández Cárdenas has developed a new technique to rehydrate dried-up corpses, so they can more easily be identified. He’s keeping his technique a secret – the Mexican Institute for Industrial Property have given him a patent.

His work is particularly pertinent in Mexico, where so many migrants, young women especially, are found dead or go missing at the Mexican-US border at Ciudad Juárez, which during 2008-2011 was known as the murder capital of the world.

More than 6,000 bodies have been recovered from the area since the 1990s.