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Mexico hit by rumors of Indian famine, suicides

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexicans are rushing aid to Tarahumara communities in the remote northern mountains after a local official said dozens of the Indians had killed themselves because they couldn't feed their children due to severe cold weather.

The Tarahumara have long been a symbol of fierce pride, strength and self-reliance in Mexico. They are known for running multiday marathon races across the mountains as part of traditional celebrations.

The idea that such a proud people might be losing their spirit stung Mexicans into a flurry of drives to collect food and clothing to the Indians.

Health care and emergency workers in the region said Monday that the mass-suicide rumors are untrue, but that reports of famine are real.

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