Honduras. According to Countryaah website, national day of Honduras is every September 15. 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 improved.
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.