Honduras has been in the news lately, especially as it relates to undocumented immigration. A lot of our students, quite a few who are undocumented or have Interrupted Formal Educations, are from Honduras.
God Doesn’t Live Here: Written by Cristina Silva, a writer who lived in Honduras, for about a year, to be nearer to her husband’s family, but eventually returned to the United States for safety reasons.
“The wave of migrant children made me think about my nieces and nephews in Tegucigalpa and their many cousins. I remembered how despondent I felt when I learned that their parents never took them to the park because they were too afraid. It made me angry that my 3-year-old nephew could nonchalantly recount the story of his favorite uncle’s murder. I worry about what kind of men the boys will become when they live in a society where educational and professional success does not ensure personal or financial security.”
The Children of the Drug Wars: An article by Sonia Lazarro, who wrote “Enrique’s Journey” about the drugs and violence causing children to leave Latin American countries and how the US should respond.
“To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence.
In the meantime, however, we must recognize this as a refugee crisis, as the United Nations just recommended. These children are facing threats similar to the forceful conscription of child soldiers by warlords in Sudan or during the civil war in Bosnia. Being forced to sell drugs by narcos is no different from being forced into military service.“
Why the Border Crisis is a Myth: Written by a county judge in El Paso about how communities along the US-Mexican border have, are and should respond to increased immigration.
“This effort to take away rights that were granted when there was significantly less anti-immigrant fervor isn’t just shortsighted and expensive, it’s un-American. We can debate the wisdom of providing greater protection to Central American children than to Mexican children, but there can be no doubt that giving safe haven to a child facing violence in a country that cannot protect its most vulnerable citizens is what a civilized country, with the resources we possess, should do.”
It’s funny, in a way, that these articles are over a year old (yes, I am the slowest poster), but still seem relevant today.
To balance out heavy news:
Dando Buenas Noticias: My friend’s orphanage made this awesome video about HIV/AIDS prevention in Honduras. It’s amazing to see how much these kids know and how accessible health care is to them (when I worked in Ecuador 7 years ago, antiretrovirals were supposed to be free, but were not accessible).
What have you heard about Honduras?