Honduras’ soaring murder rate and its refugee crisis

By Ben Walsh
August 11, 2014

Reuters graphics charts the horrifying rise of the murder rate in Honduras. According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime’s report, it’s the highest in the world.

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The rise in already relatively high levels of violence in Honduras is crucial to understanding the political and legal fights over child immigration. In the New York Times’, Sonia Nazario made a forceful case that what we are seeing is a “refugee crisis, not an immigration crisis.” Children are being driven to flee the country as drug trafficking and its attendant violence surges in Honduras: “As the United States and Colombia spent billions of dollars to disrupt the movement of drugs up the Caribbean corridor, traffickers rerouted inland through Honduras, and 79 percent of cocaine-smuggling flights bound for the United States now pass through there.”

 

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