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1- Gangs and their victims
In a context of marginalization and social exclusion, young people are increasingly both the victims and drivers of violence and insecurity. Here, in a ‘crazy house’ – used by gang members to kill and torture, and where two youth informers were killed – the symbolism that expresses ties to these groups has been grafitied onto the walls, while a an illegal rubbish tip acts as the grave housing the bodies of the victims.
With a GINI of 57.4, Honduran society is one of the most unequal in the world.
The lives of the wealthy (right) compare starkly with those living in marginalized communities, such as colonia “Panorama Merendon Hills” (right).
In the first 6 months of 2014, 30,000 Hondurans – the vast majority young males who have left in search of a better life – arrived back in Honduras following deportations from the US and Mexico. The Red Cross works with deportees on the Corinto border, where they assist an average of 9 busloads of deportees per day, many of which are filled exclusively with young men.
The agricultural sector represents a large part of the Honduran economy, with large numbers of workers employed at plantations and packaging factories.
The violence and insecurity penetrate broadly and deeply in Honduras. Public services – such as the hospital shown here on the left – are no exception. In this context, they become almost indistinguishable from the buildings of security institutions, such as the police station shown on the right.
Impoverished neighborhoods, such as ‘campo cielo’, are home to large numbers of marginalized Hondurans.
Land, such as this area that is prone to flooding, has been provided by the local government of El Progreso (‘The Progress) for housing
Guns and other weapons are widely available across Honduras.
A weapon confiscated from a youth outside the school sits on the table of the Director’s office. It was likely the assailant was awaiting one of the school’s students.
10- Public hospital I
At local hospitals patients contend both with their ailments and threats of violence. Patients have been killed so as to sell coffins to their families the following day.
11- Public hospital II
Makeshift wheelchairs are common in Honduras, where resources are limited and challenges are high. An entire floor of the hospital at El Progreso is dedicated to patients suffering from dengue.
12- Behind bars
Buildings, whether residential, commercial or public, are wrapped in barbed wire in an attempt to insulate them from the violence.
13- Agonizing wait
Morgues are full of victims of crime. Here, in San Pedro Sula, a family awaits the body of a loved one.
14- The morgue
In Tegucigalpa, despite investments, such as this new morgue, facilities are most often inadequate. Daily complaints are received from neighbors who have to live with the smell caused by the dumping of fluids, including human blood, in the street.
15- Fear kills game
Children play together outside a police station in one of the poorest neighborhoods of San Pedro Sula. Upon seeing the camera, the girl herds together her young friends, showing a strongly ingrained protective instinct likely drawn from the demands of life in this area.