Where you live shouldn't determine whether you live

Where you live shouldn't determine whether you live

  • Social Upheaval
  • Honduras
  • Child Protection
  • Story

Crossing the street could mean death in what many call the Murder Capital of the World.

April 30, 2020

Eight-year-old Juan understands the dangers of living under the rule of gangs.

"It is dangerous here," Juan says. "Sometimes at night there are shootings between the gangs and a stray bullet could hit anyone. When we hear the shootings, we immediately lie down on the floor. It’s the first thing we do."

Juan knows not to get involved with gangs, but poverty and violence around him limit his options. His brother was imprisoned for gang activity, so he must help make ends meet for his family.

“It is dangerous here,” Juan says about living under the rule of gangs.

"Right now I am not going to school," he says. Juan is not attending school because it is located near a street that borders the territories of a rival gang and it is too dangerous to get there. "My mother told me that from now on I should look for something to do and so I’m working on a construction site," he says.

"We thought about leaving this area, but if we leave and come back the gangs are going to kill us.”

Fortunately, help is possible through Childhood Rescue. It brings much needed aid to the most vulnerable families. It offers protection for children through the presence of World Vision staff. It mobilises local groups and governments to make lasting change.

The sound of gun shots is familiar to children growing up in a city with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

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of the population lives in extreme poverty

Honduras has a long history of political upheaval and organised crime. San Pedro Sula, the second largest city of Honduras, has the most murders per capita of any cities in the world. It is highly dangerous making it a perfect location for one of our three feature pilot programs. In our San Pedro Sula project we are creating safe spaces for children and teenagers. Our programs provide opportunities for learning, both educational and vocational training. We also ensure children participate in classes that ensure they know their worth and rights.

  • Gang violence, drug wars, and child labor are commonplace in many neighbourhoods

  • Honduras is the poorest country in Latin America

  • Millions of Hondurans have fled the country in the past few years; in fact, the so-called Central American 'migrant caravan' is widely considered to begin in San Pedro Sula. Many of those fleeing are women and children who fear rape, kidnapping and murder, and therefore they rather embark on a long and perilous journey.