Honduras. According to
Countryaah website, the already high crime rate in the country was
renewed by the spectacular kidnapping on May 18 by former
Finance Minister Reginaldo Panting, who was later found
murdered. President Ricardo Maduro won the presidential
election last November on a political program that
prioritized law enforcement.
Disaster status was issued in Honduras since five children died
in an epidemic of dengue fever, a disease that is fatal if
not adequate emergency care is applied. In May, 100,000
people in eastern Honduras were also hit by torrents and floods,
which made it more difficult to fight the dengue fever
epidemic because the disease is spread through mosquitoes
that are in stagnant water.
In May 2005, the children's organization Casa Alianza
presented material showing that 10,000 Honduran minors of
both sexes who had tried to illegally travel to the United
States were sexually exploited in Mexico and elsewhere in
Central America. Organized gangs abduct children to exploit
them sexually in bars, nightclubs and massage parlors.
Corruption, shyness, impunity, indifference and public
awareness contribute to thousands of minors being injured on
life and soul. Although Honduras' children's law states that
minors must go to school to learn what it takes to create a
better future, 350,000 children between the ages of 10 and
17 are forced to leave school each year and 140,000 work in
home. ILO statistics show that 20,000 Honduran girls work as
maids, and that 5, 1% of these have been sexually assaulted.
Other minors work in agriculture, commerce, industry,
services, construction, transportation, mines or banks.
The presidential election in late December was won by
Manuel Zelaya, of the Partido Liberal who until then had
been in opposition. The new president took over a country
that is the second poorest in Central America and the third
poorest in the continent - after Haiti and Nicaragua. Six
out of ten Hondurans live in poverty and four out of ten in
dub poverty, where they are predominantly dependent on the
informal economy or money sent home from family members
abroad. Although Honduras has been relinquished part of its
foreign debt towards its use in the fight against poverty,
poor Hondurans are yet to experience their living situation
Despite massive protests, in March 2006 Honduras became
the second country in Central America - after El Salvador -
to sign a free trade agreement with the United States.
The government announced in January 2007 that it was
temporarily taking control of the country's gas stations.
The decision was made after the government failed to enter
into an agreement with Chevron and Exxon Mobil, but
according to. Zelaya was not about nationalization but only
a temporary step.
In July 2008, Honduras was included in the Latin American
ALBA collaboration, which encompasses a wide range of
countries in the region.